How to charge the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Tobago

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 4 in Tobago. This page was specifically written to assist visitors wanting to charge the iPhone 4 when going abroad.These step-by-step instructions tells you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4 when travelling to Tobago by using the B or A type 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Tobagonians typically use the Type B sockets in their power outlets. If the iPhone 4 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Tobago from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPhone 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Tobago

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Tobago?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Tobago.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Tobago?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Tobago to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Tobagonians use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring seperate power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated 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 Tobago

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 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tobago 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Tobago.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Tobago?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 from the Tobagonian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The power supply (technically called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is normally supplied with the iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Tobagonian power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots next to each other with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Plug in 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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Tobagonian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Tobago
  2. Apple - official iPhone 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 $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, estimated price between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.