How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in The British Virgin Islands

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a British Virgin Islands power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type B power charger.

British Virgin Islands power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power their iPhone 3GS abroad.This page contains simple instructions which shows exactly how to power the iPhone 3GS when you are visiting The British Virgin Islands using their B or A type 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPhone 3GS does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to The British Virgin Islands from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally 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 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in The British Virgin Islands

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in The British Virgin Islands?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in The British Virgin Islands.

The British Virgin Islands

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in The British Virgin Islands?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for The British Virgin Islands is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. British Virgin Islanders use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to The British Virgin Islands or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad 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 versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The British Virgin Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel 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 destinations:

  • 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 The British Virgin Islands using 3 pinned type B US 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting The British Virgin Islands. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in The British Virgin Islands?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a British Virgin Islands power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a British Virgin Islands 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 usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the British Virgin Islands power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the 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 British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a British Virgin Islands power outlet

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS with a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the British Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to use 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 3GS.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the British Virgin Islands power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other where the two blades slide into with a 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 power 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. Switch on the British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a British Virgin Islands power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about The British Virgin Islands
  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 cost 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, 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.