Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Jamaica

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Jamaican power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 3GS using a Type B USB plug.

Jamaican power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when they're staying in Jamaica.If you're visiting Jamaica this page has instructions showing charging the iPhone 3GS using the types B or A 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Jamaicans. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPhone 3GS doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting Jamaica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to a Jamaican city like Kingston read the Jamaica Wiki page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Jamaica

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Jamaica?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel power adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated 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 Jamaica

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Jamaica 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Jamaica using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Jamaica?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Jamaican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Jamaican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Jamaican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3GS from a Jamaican power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from the Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaica Wiki page
  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, between $5 to $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, 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, costs between $5 to $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.