How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Cape Verde

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Cape Verdean power outlet

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your important electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced charger when you arrive that might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.If you're visiting Cape Verde this page contains useful instructions showing you how to supply power to your iPhone 5 using their standard types F or C Cape Verdean 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Cape Verdeans use the Type F wall outlets. When you are travelling to Cape Verde from another region please ensure that the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on travelling to a city such as Praia we also recommend referring to the Wikipedia page about Cape Verde [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Cape Verde

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Cape Verde?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Cape Verdean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Cape Verde?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Cape Verde is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

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 5, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cape Verde 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Cape Verde.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and gives 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Cape Verde?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. The wall supply can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 from the Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Wikipedia page about Cape Verde
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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