How to charge the iPhone 5C in Lesotho

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type M USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Basotho power outlet.

Basotho power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. When you are going to travel to Lesotho these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 5C by using the 220 volt 50Hz M Type Basotho wall outlet. When you are travelling to Lesotho from another country check the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Lesotho

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Lesotho?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Lesotho.

Lesotho

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5C the best travel charger for Lesotho is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and 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 at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Lesotho

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Lesotho and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Lesotho using 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 is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 Lesotho. [6]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Lesotho?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Basotho power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Basotho power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C from a Basotho power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it in the Basotho power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as the Type M power outlet [3]) looks like three circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Basotho power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Basotho power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Basotho Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$5).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).