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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet using the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type G USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type E USB charger

St Vincentian power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 3G in Saint Vincent. If you are visiting Saint Vincent the following useful instructions show charging your iPhone 3G by using the standard Type G, C, E, I or K 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type G plug outlets are used by most St Vincentians. When you are travelling to Saint Vincent from another country please ensure that the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on staying in a St Vincentian place such as Kingstown or Georgetown we also recommend reading the Saint Vincent country Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Saint Vincent

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Saint Vincent?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Saint Vincent by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Saint Vincent?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for Saint Vincent is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five types of plug sockets that St Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight 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 space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Vincent

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent using type B American 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Vincent. [12] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Saint Vincent?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Apple 30 pin cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G with a St Vincentian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet you will need a Type G 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 G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  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 St Vincentian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet using the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] 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 C USB power adapter and plugging it in the St Vincentian power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [6], is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  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 St Vincentian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a St Vincentian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the Apple 30 pin cable with a Type E power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G with a St Vincentian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G using a St Vincentian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet, sometimes called a CEE 7/7 outlet, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  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 St Vincentian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a St Vincentian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a St Vincentian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type K USB adapter to power your iPhone 3G from a St Vincentian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a St Vincentian power outlet you will need to buy a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type K USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by three large holes forming an upside-down triangle configuration with the bottom hole appearing semicircular in shape.
  3. Connect 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 St Vincentian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a St Vincentian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Saint Vincent country Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at under C$15.
  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 C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costing under C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, priced around C$5.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$20.