Charging the iPhone 5C when visiting Turkmenistan

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Turkmen power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F USB adapter, charging the iPhone 5C using a Type B USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5C using a Type C Europlug USB charger

Turkmen power outlet

Complicated voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to assist visitors wanting to power the iPhone 5C when they are staying abroad.This page is a guide demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone 5C when you are in Turkmenistan by using their Type C, B or F Turkmen 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are travelling to Turkmenistan from another country please check that your iPhone 5C can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on travelling to a destination like Ashgabat or T'rkmenabat we also recommend referring to the Turkmen wikipedia page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Turkmenistan

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Turkmenistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to a Turkmen power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Turkmenistan?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPhone 5C the best international travel charger for Turkmenistan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of power outlets in Turkmenistan (types C, B and F) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Turkmen trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Turkmenistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Turkmenistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Turkmenistan using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Turkmenistan.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Turkmenistan?

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

Using a Lightning connector and a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Turkmen power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from a Turkmen power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with your iPhone 5C by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Turkmen power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as a Type B power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long earthed pin. Please be aware power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used in Turkmenistan so we recommend checking first.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Turkmen power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Turkmen power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Turkmen power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Turkmen power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Turkmen power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Turkmen power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Turkmen power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Turkmen power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Schuko Type F power charger to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Turkmen power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using the Turkmen power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Turkmen power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Turkmen power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkmenistan - Turkmen 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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