How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Curacao

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Curacaon power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type A power charger, charging the iPhone 3G using a Type B power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type C USB charger

Curacaon power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 3G in Curacao. These instructions were written to help prepare people wanting to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.When staying in Curacao this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G using their standard types C, A or B Curacaon 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If the iPhone 3G doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Curacao from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Curacao

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Curacao?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Curacaon power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Curacao?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Curacao is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Curacaoans use (types C, A and B) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Curacao

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Curacao and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Curacao using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Curacao. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Curacao?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Curacaon power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Curacaon power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Curacaon power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by 2 adjacent slots where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Curacaon power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Curacaon power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This wall outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Curacaon power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 3G with a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G from the Curacaon power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is usually already included with your device).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Curacaon power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Curacaon power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Curacaon country Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced around C$50.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated price C$20-C$25.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.