Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Ecuador

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPhone with an Ecuadorian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone using a Type B USB plug.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Different region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone . If planning a trip to Ecuador these instructions show powering the iPhone by using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power will vary depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power supplies and South America page for a full list of countries. If the iPhone does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Ecuador from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your iPhone is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to an Ecuadorian place such as Guayaquil we suggest reading the Ecuador country entry on Wikipedia [1] for further information prior to visiting the location.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Ecuador

Can you use the iPhone in Ecuador?

You can use the iPhone in Ecuador.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Ecuador?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone then the best travel charger for Ecuador is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Ecuador (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Ecuador we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ecuador and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Ecuador?

Charging the iPhone from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type A USB adapter to power the iPhone from an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone using the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone with an Ecuadorian power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone using the Ecuadorian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone by Apple).
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. The wall outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuador country entry on Wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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