How to charge the iPhone 3GS when visiting Micronesia

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Type B power charger.

Micronesian power outlet

Differing standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page contains a guide which shows exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 3GS when staying in Micronesia by using their standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If your iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Micronesia from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Micronesia

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Micronesia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Micronesia.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Micronesia?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel adapter for Micronesia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Micronesians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Micronesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Micronesia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Micronesia using 3 pinned type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Micronesia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Micronesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS from the Micronesian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the 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. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS using the Micronesian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two thin slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Micronesian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Micronesian page 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, estimated price under C$30.
  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, 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, C$15-C$20.