Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Montserrat

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type A power adapter to recharge your iPhone with a Montserratian power outlet and how to power the iPhone using a Type B USB charger.

Montserratian power outlet

Complicated region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when staying in Montserrat.This step-by-step guide shows you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone when you're travelling to Montserrat using the B or A type Montserratian 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power changes depending on which country you are in so we recommend reading the power supplies and North America page for a full list of countries. When visiting Montserrat from another country ensure that your iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Montserrat

Can the iPhone be used in Montserrat?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Montserratian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Montserrat?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPhone then the best travel adapter for Montserrat is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Montserratians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Montserratian trip. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Montserrat we recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Montserrat

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Montserrat and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Montserrat.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Montserrat?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter to power the iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone).
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by 2 adjacent slots for live and neutral pins. Be aware that power cables used with type A sockets which are rated at less that 240 volts shouldn't be used so we recommend checking prior to continuing.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with your iPhone).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two thin slots parallel to each other with a hole below for the earth pin. Note that power cables used with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 volts should not be used so we recommend checking prior to continuing.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Montserratian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Montserrat entry on wikipedia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, under C$20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under 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, priced at under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.