How to charge the iPhone 3G in American Samoa

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a Type B power charger and powering the iPhone 3G using a Type F power plug

American Samoan power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in American Samoa. These guidelines have been written to assist travellers wanting to charge their iPhone 3G abroad.If you are going to travel to American Samoa the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3G using their Type I, A, B or F American Samoan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type I power outlets are used by most American Samoans. You will find that most power sockets vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections world power connections list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If your iPhone 3G charges slowly or does not power up when visiting American Samoa from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power 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 American Samoa

Can the iPhone 3G be used in American Samoa?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in American Samoa.

American Samoa

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in American Samoa?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different standards of wall outlets (I, A, B and F) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power adapter online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

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 3G, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting American Samoa using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in American Samoa?

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 3G.
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into 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 American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G using an American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with an American Samoan power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a two pin Type F USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the American Samoan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into 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 American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G from the American Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the American Samoan power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type I power outlet [10]) can be identified by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an American Samoan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about American Samoa
  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, under C$5.
  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$4-C$5.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costing under C$5.
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. 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, under C$5.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under C$20.