Charging the iPhone 3G when staying in Palau

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 3G from a Palauan power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type A USB charger and how to power the iPhone 3G using a Type B power adapter.

Palauan power outlet

Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when you are travelling to Palau.When you're planning a trip to Palau the following instructions show how to power the iPhone 3G by using the Type B or A Palauan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPhone 3G does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Palau from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, 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 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 Palau

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Palau?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Palau.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Palau?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3G the best international travel charger for Palau is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Palau (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Palau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Palau 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Palau.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Palau. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Palau?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Palauan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 3G from a Palauan power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from a Palauan 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 normally include this cable when you purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. Firstly plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Palauan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Palauan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Palauan power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3G from a Palauan power outlet you will need to use 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 your iPhone 3G).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug outlet (called the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Palauan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Palauan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Palauan country Wiki 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, costs 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, C$15-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.