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

A guide on how to power the iPhone 5C with a Cape Verdean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter and charging the iPhone 5C using a Type F Schuko USB charger.

Cape Verdean power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. If you're planning a vacation to Cape Verde this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5C using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Cape Verdeans use the Type F power outlets. When you are visiting Cape Verde from a different region please ensure your iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Cape Verde

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Cape Verde?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Cape Verde by using the correct power adaptor.

Cape Verde

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5C and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Cape Verde 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 power outlets that Cape Verdeans use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure 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 around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 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 from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Cape Verde. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Cape Verde?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide on how to power the iPhone 5C with a Cape Verdean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C from the Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Cape Verdean power outlet. The sunken round wall supply can be identified by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  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 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Cape Verdean 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 5C is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Cape Verdean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Cape Verde Wikipedia web page
  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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5).
  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, priced at around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated cost under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).