How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Syria

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Syrian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter, powering the iPhone 5S using a two pinned Type E USB charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Syrian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 5S in Syria. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 5S abroad.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power the iPhone 5S when staying in Syria by using the standard types E, C or L Syrian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Syria from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5S can be charged using 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 converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay at a Syrian destination like Aleppo please read the Wikipedia entry about Syria [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Syria

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Syria?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Syrian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Syria is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Syrians use three different types of plug sockets (E, C and L) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Syria

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Syria 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as 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 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Syria.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Syria?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Syrian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Syrian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Syrian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 round adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the power 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. Switch on the Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Syrian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Syrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Syrian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S from the Syrian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Syrian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the CEE 7/7 plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Syrian 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, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Syrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Syrian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Syrian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S using a Syrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it into the Syrian power outlet. The squashed hexagon shaped power outlet, technically known as the Type L power outlet [8], can be recognised by the three large circular adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note there are two different types of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Syrian 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, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Syrian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria - Wikipedia entry about Syria
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L 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