How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Gambia

How to connect a Gambian power outlet to the iPhone 5C

Gambian power outlet

If packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics like mobiles or laptop computers when you get there. However without knowing which plug socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These simple instructions shows you exactly how to charge the iPhone 5C when going to Gambia by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Gambian wall outlet, with the Gambians using a 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting Gambia from a different country check your iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading when powering up. If you intend on travelling to a Gambian place like Serekunda please read the Gambian Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Gambia

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Gambia?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5C 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.

Having a 4 port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger 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 Gambia

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 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 useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Gambia. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Gambia?

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

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

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Gambian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Gambian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Gambian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gambian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  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 between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).