How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Aruba

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPhone 3G with an Aruban power outlet, powering the iPhone 3G using a Type B power charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type F power charger

Aruban power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge their iPhone 3G abroad.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the iPhone 3G when you're visiting Aruba using their standard types F, A or B Aruban 127 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPhone 3G slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Aruba from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPhone 3G 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 are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Aruba

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Aruba?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Aruba by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets that Arubans use (F, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers 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. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return 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 without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, 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 when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Aruba and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Aruba using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Aruba?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using an Aruban 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 the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Aruban power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3G using an Aruban power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots next to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type F power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Aruban power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from an Aruban power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Aruban page on wikipedia
  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, 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, 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, between $5 to $10.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated cost 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, around $15.