Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Cameroon

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Cameroonian power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB adapter and powering the iPhone 5S using a Type E USB adapter.

Cameroonian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 5S . This simple guide will show exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 5S when you're visiting Cameroon using the Type E or C Cameroonian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Cameroon from a different country please double check the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you plan on travelling to a Cameroonian city such as Douala we suggest reading the Wikipedia page about Cameroon [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Cameroon

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Cameroon?

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

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S then the best travel charger for Cameroon is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets that Cameroonians use (E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cameroon

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for those also wishing 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 when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Cameroon using type B American 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. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Cameroon.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Cameroon?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Cameroonian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Cameroonian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the mains power 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. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Cameroonian power outlet

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5S from a Cameroonian power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S using the Cameroonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply, also known as a CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins go with a single metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the power adapter 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. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon - Wikipedia page about Cameroon
  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