How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Tobago

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Tobagonian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type B USB charger.

Tobagonian power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can charge their iPhone 4S when they are staying abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions showing you exactly how to power the iPhone 4S when visiting Tobago by using the standard Type B or A 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note that Type B plug outlets are used by most Tobagonians. If the iPhone 4S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Tobago from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on staying in a Tobagonian destination like Scarborough we suggest referring to the Tobago country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Tobago

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Tobago?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Tobagonian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Tobago to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Tobagonians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tobago and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor 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 Tobago using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Tobago?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Tobagonian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Tobagonian power outlet. The power outlet (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other where the two blades sit.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the power charger 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Tobagonian power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4S from the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Tobagonian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots next to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the mains USB 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Tobagonian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobago country entry on wikipedia.org
  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