How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Gabon

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 5 abroad.When you're travelling to Gabon the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5 using their 220 volt 50Hz C Type power outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for wall outlets. Power sources will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections global power connections list for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Gabon from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Gabon

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Gabon?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Gabonese power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Gabon?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Gabon is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters on your trip to Gabon. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Gabon.
  • 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 and is a more cost effective 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 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 Gabon.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Gabon?

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 5 from a Gabonese power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Gabonese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically included with your iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Gabonese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the 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. Turn on the Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

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