How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Hong Kong

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Hong Kong power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type G power charger.

Hong Kong power outlet

Complicated voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 5S in Hong Kong. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when you are travelling abroad.If you are going to travel to Hong Kong the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5S using their 220 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, with the Hongkongese using a 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting Hong Kong from a different country check that the iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Hong Kong

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Hong Kong.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Hong Kong?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Hong Kong is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your Hong Kong trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

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 5S, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Hong Kong and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Hong Kong using 3 pinned type B American 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Hong Kong?

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 5S from a Hong Kong power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Hong Kong power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Hong Kong power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cord into the USB power 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. Turn on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong 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/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