How to charge your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in India

Simple instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type M USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a two pinned Type C Europlug USB charger and recharging the iPhone 5S using a 3 pinned Type D USB charger

Indian power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 5S abroad.If you are visiting India these useful instructions show charging your iPhone 5S by using the standard types D, C or M Indian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type D wall outlets will be normally used by most Indians. Most power sockets will vary from country to country therefore please read the power supplies and Asia page for a complete list of countries. If travelling to India from another region check your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when charging it. If you plan on staying somewhere such as Mumbai or Kolkatta we also recommend reading the wikipedia.org entry about India [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in India

Can you use the iPhone 5S in India?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in India by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in India?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for India is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Indians use three different types of plug sockets (types D, C and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for India

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both India 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting India using 3 pin type B US 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 America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to 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 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in India?

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (known as the Europlug) can be identified by 2 holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning connector and a three pin Type D USB adapter to charge your iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S from the Indian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5S from an Indian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type M USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using an Indian power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5S.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the Indian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type M power outlet [8], looks like 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger 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 Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - wikipedia.org entry about India
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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