How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Micronesia

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Micronesian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger and charging the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Micronesian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Micronesia. This page has been written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 3G when going to Micronesia.When visiting Micronesia the following instructions show powering your iPhone 3G by using the standard Type B or A Micronesian 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary from region to region so we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If your iPhone 3G charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Micronesia from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on visiting a city such as Weno or Palikir refer to the Wikipedia entry about Micronesia [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Micronesia

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Micronesia?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Micronesian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Micronesia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Micronesia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Micronesians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Micronesia. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. 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 travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger like this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Micronesia

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Micronesia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Micronesia 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Micronesia. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Micronesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Micronesian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Micronesian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Micronesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the Micronesian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Micronesian power outlet

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Micronesian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type B power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Micronesian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Micronesian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots parallel to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Micronesian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Micronesia
  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, costs 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, costing 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 cost around $10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20.