Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Jamaica

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Jamaican power outlet with a 30-pin cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 4S using a Type B USB plug.

Jamaican power outlet

When packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can use your essential gadgets like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the iPhone 4S. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Jamaica.The following useful guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4S when you're in Jamaica using the types B or A 110 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type B plug outlets will be used by a majority of Jamaicans. If your iPhone 4S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Jamaica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Jamaica

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Jamaica?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Jamaican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Jamaica?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel power adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Jamaicans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

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 supplied plugs. If your iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

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 on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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 4S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Jamaica and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Jamaica using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Jamaica.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Jamaica?

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to power the iPhone 4S from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Jamaican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power outlet, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  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 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Jamaican power outlet

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Jamaican power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Jamaican power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica - wikipedia entry about Jamaica
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  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