How to charge the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Burkina Faso

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Burkinabe power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 5S in Burkina Faso. If you are staying in Burkina Faso these instructions show how to power the iPhone 5S using their standard types E or C Burkinabe 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Burkina Faso from another country check your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Burkina Faso

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Burkina Faso?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Burkina Faso by using a power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5S and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Burkina Faso to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Burkinabe use (types E and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to Burkina Faso we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Burkina Faso and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 going to Burkina Faso.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Burkina Faso?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5S.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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 Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5S from the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Burkinabe power outlet. This round plug outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Burkina Faso
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costing around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).