Charging the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Benin

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 with a Beninese power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type C Europlug power charger and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a Type E USB charger.

Beninese power outlet

Different standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you are visiting abroad.The following instructions shows you how to charge your iPhone 5 when staying in Benin using the standard E or C type Beninese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Benin from a different region please double check your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Benin

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Benin?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Beninese power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 5 the best international travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninois use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Beninese trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Benin using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Benin.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Benin?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Beninese power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Beninese power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5 from a Beninese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable when you buy your iPhone 5).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Beninese power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the Apple Lightning cable and a Type E USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the Beninese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Beninese country page on Wikipedia.org
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters