How to charge the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Afghanistan

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with an Afghan power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger and recharging the iPhone 5C using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug.

Afghan power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone 5C . This page has step by step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5C when visiting Afghanistan using their types F or C Afghan 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Afghanistan from a different country make sure that the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on visiting a destination like Kabul or Kandahar we also recommend referring to the wikipedia.org entry about Afghanistan [1] for further information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Afghanistan

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Afghanistan?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Afghanistan by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Afghanistan?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Afghanistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets in Afghanistan (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Afghan trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Afghanistan.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 flexible 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 Afghanistan.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Afghanistan?

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with an Afghan power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from an Afghan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into 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 Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from an Afghan power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from an Afghan power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with an Afghan power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5C using an Afghan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. This recessed circular power supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into 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 Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from an Afghan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - wikipedia.org entry about Afghanistan
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters