Charging the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Chile

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Chilean power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter and how to power the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pin Type L USB plug.

Chilean power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are staying in Chile the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS by using their standard Type L or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of Chileans normally use the Type L power outlets. If you are visiting Chile from another country make sure the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Chile

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Chile?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Chile.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Chile?

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Chile to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Chileans use two different types of power outlets (types L and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

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 included heads. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Chilean trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Chile we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power 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 international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America going to Chile.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Chile?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Chilean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Chilean power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 3GS using the Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the device).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Chilean power outlet. You can identify this power supply by the two round holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Chilean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Chilean power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type L power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Chilean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the Chilean power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter into the Chilean power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped power supply by the three round holes in a line for live, neutral and earth. There are two different types of Type L wall outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.
  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 Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chile Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters