Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Hong Kong

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Hong Kong power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power adapter.

Hong Kong power outlet

If organizing a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your common electronics that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you get there which might not be compatible. Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 5 . This guide has been written to prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 5 when they're staying in Hong Kong.This step-by-step guide will show exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 5 when you're in Hong Kong by using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, with the Hongkongese using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If you are visiting Hong Kong from another country please check the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Hong Kong power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Hong Kong we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, 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 for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 America going to Hong Kong.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Hong Kong power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Hong Kong power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 using the Hong Kong power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Hong Kong power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Hong Kong 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 phone is recharging which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong country page 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters