How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Bermuda

A guide on how to power the iPhone 3G with a Bermuda power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A power charger and powering the iPhone 3G using a Type B USB adapter.

Bermuda power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation to Bermuda it can often be useful to know in advance if you can use all your important electrical devices when you arrive. But without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 3G in Bermuda. When going to Bermuda this page has instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G using their standard types B or A Bermuda 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Bermudians will normally use Type B sockets in their plug outlets. You'll discover most power sockets will change from country to country therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power sockets guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If your iPhone 3G does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Bermuda from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else 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 Bermuda

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Bermuda?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Bermuda power outlet.

Bermuda

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Bermuda?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel power adapter for Bermuda to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets that Bermudans use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Bermuda. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single plug socket.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bermuda

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Bermuda using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Bermuda. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Bermuda?

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

A guide on how to power the iPhone 3G with a Bermuda power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using a Bermuda power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the Bermuda power outlet. The power supply (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Bermuda power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Bermuda power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Bermuda power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Bermuda power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a Bermuda power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G.
  2. First plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the Bermuda power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 thin slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Bermuda power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Bermuda power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bermuda Wikipedia 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, priced at between $10 to $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, costs between $5 to $10.
  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, around $10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.