How to charge the iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Gabon

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5C from a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5C when Gabon.When staying in Gabon these useful instructions show charging your iPhone 5C using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C Gabonese wall outlet, with the Gabonese using Europlugs for wall outlets. When you are travelling to Gabon from another region please ensure that the iPhone 5C can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Gabon

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Gabon?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Gabonese power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Gabon to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

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 5C, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters are 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Gabon. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Gabon?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Gabonese power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Gabonese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet 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 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C 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 cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gabonese entry on Wikipedia
  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, priced at 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).