Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Curacao

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Curacaon power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter, charging the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type B power adapter and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a Type C power adapter

Curacaon power outlet

Varying complicated standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. When you're travelling to Curacao the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPhone 3GS by using their types C, A or B 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone 3GS charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Curacao from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Curacao

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Curacao?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Curacaon power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Curacao?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel adapter for Curacao is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Curacaoans use three different types of power outlets (types C, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers using just a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Curacao

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Curacao.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 Curacao. [10]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Curacao?

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

Using a 30 pin connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS using the Curacaon power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Firstly insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. This ungrounded plug outlet, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter to power your iPhone 3GS with a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS using the Curacaon power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Curacaon power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Curacaon power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Curacaon power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the mains 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. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Curacaon power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Curacao
  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 price around $10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost around $5.
  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, costs between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15.
  10. 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.