Charging the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Tonga

How to connect a Tongan power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Tongan power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPhone 3GS . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS when travelling to Tonga.When you're planning a holiday to Tonga this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPhone 3GS using the 240 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. If you are visiting Tonga from another country ensure your iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on staying in a destination such as Nuku?alofa read the Tongan country wikipedia page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Tonga

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Tonga?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Tongan power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Tonga is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Tonga we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tonga 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Tonga?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type I USB charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Tongan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3GS from a Tongan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the Tongan power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tongan country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated cost around 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, costing under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.