Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in Afghanistan

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger to charge the iPhone 5S from an Afghan power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a Type F USB adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to assist visitors wanting to charge the iPhone 5S when travelling abroad.This step by step guide will show exactly how to charge your iPhone 5S when visiting Afghanistan using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are travelling to Afghanistan from a different country please ensure your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 5S is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Afghanistan

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to an Afghan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Afghanistan?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets in Afghanistan (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on a flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 America visiting Afghanistan using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Afghanistan?

Powering the iPhone 5S with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger to charge the iPhone 5S from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 5S from an Afghan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Afghan power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPhone 5S from an Afghan power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5S using the Afghan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the 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 Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Afghan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghan Wikipedia web 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/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