How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in The Philippines

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Filipino power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type B power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a two pinned Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter

Filipino power outlet

If you are planning a trip to The Philippines it can often be useful to know in advance if you can charge your important devices such as cell phones and laptops when you arrive at your hotel. But, without knowing which power socket is being used in The Philippines you may end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you're there. Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. When travelling to The Philippines these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 5C using their standard types C, A or B Filipino 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Filipinas use Type C wall outlets. Power sources will change regionally so we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a full list showing countries. If travelling to The Philippines from another region check your iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning on visiting a place like Quezon City we also suggest referring to the Filipino Wikipedia page [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 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in The Philippines

Can you use the iPhone 5C in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in The Philippines.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in The Philippines?

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for The Philippines to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of wall outlets in The Philippines (C, A and B) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines 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 The Philippines.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 The Philippines.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in The Philippines?

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Filipino power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall supply (technically known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two adjacent slots next to each other. Be aware that power cords used with type A plugs which are rated at less that 240 volts shouldn't be used in The Philippines so please check first.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Filipino power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type B USB charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This wall supply (technically known as the Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two slots parallel to each other with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin. Be aware power cables with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Filipino power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Filipino power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C using a Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the USB cable is usually already supplied with the device.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall supply can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - Filipino Wikipedia page
  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 Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters