How to charge your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Gambia

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Gambian power outlet.

Gambian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 5 in Gambia. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when abroad.This guide shows how to power the iPhone 5 when staying in Gambia by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Gambians will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power supplies change from country to country so please read the Wiki Connections global power connections page for a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If travelling to Gambia from another region double check your iPhone 5 can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Gambia

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Gambia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Gambia.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (note that 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 like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia 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 going to Gambia.
  • 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 much 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gambia.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Gambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Gambian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Gambian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Gambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Gambian power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 3 holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power 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. Switch on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Gambian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambia - wikipedia entry about Gambia
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters