Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in The Philippines

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter, how to power the iPhone 5S using a 3 pin Type B USB charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a Type C Europlug power charger

Filipino power outlet

Different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPhone 5S when staying in The Philippines.The following useful guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 5S when you are visiting The Philippines using the types C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note Type C plug outlets will be normally used by most Filipinos. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting The Philippines from another region ensure that your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend on taking a trip to a Filipino city like Quezon City read the The Philippines Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in The Philippines

Can the iPhone 5S be used in The Philippines?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a Filipino power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in The Philippines?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S the best international travel adapter for The Philippines is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of plug sockets that Filipinos use (C, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return 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 iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, 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 supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Philippines using type B American 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 originating from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in The Philippines?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using the Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades slide into. Please note power cords with type A sockets which are rated at only 125 V shouldn't be used so we recommend checking prior to continuing.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Filipino power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades slide into with a semicircle hole below for the grounded pin. Please be aware that power cables used with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 volts should not be used in The Philippines so please check first.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 5S with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using the Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [8]) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Filipino power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines 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