How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Guinea-Bissau

How to connect a Bissau-Guinean power outlet to the iPhone 5

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5 when travelling to Guinea-Bissau by using a 220 volt 50Hz C Type power outlet, the Bissau-Guineans will use Europlugs for power outlets. When you are visiting Guinea-Bissau from a different region please make sure the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting a Bissau-Guinean destination like Bissau we suggest referring to the Wikipedia page about Guinea-Bissau [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Guinea-Bissau

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Guinea-Bissau?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Guinea-Bissau?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 then the best international travel power adapter for Guinea-Bissau to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guinea-Bissau

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Guinea-Bissau and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Guinea-Bissau.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guinea-Bissau.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Guinea-Bissau?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 using a Bissau-Guinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea-Bissau - Wikipedia page about Guinea-Bissau
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters