Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in French Polynesia

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a French Polynesian power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type B USB adapter, recharging the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pin Type A USB plug and how to power the iPhone 3GS using a Type E USB charger

French Polynesian power outlet

Different standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when you are visiting abroad.When you are visiting French Polynesia the following useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 3GS by using their types E, A or B 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to French Polynesia from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in French Polynesia

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in French Polynesia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a French Polynesian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for French Polynesia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets in French Polynesia (E, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to French Polynesia we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

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 3GS, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to French Polynesia.
  • 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in French Polynesia?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a French Polynesian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3GS using the French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a French Polynesian power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 3GS using the French Polynesian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the French Polynesian power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a French Polynesian power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type E USB adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from the French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a French Polynesian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesian entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, C$15-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, 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, costs 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.