Charging the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Ghana

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Ghanaian power outlet and charging the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type D power plug.

Ghanaian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country especially if you've never visited before. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you're in staying in Ghana.If you're visiting Ghana the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPhone 5 by using the Type G or D Ghanaian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover that power changes regionally so we suggest reading the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Ghana from another country please check the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you intend on taking a trip to a destination such as Accra or Kumasi we recommend referring to the Ghanaian Wikipedia web page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Ghana

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Ghana?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Ghanaian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Ghana?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Ghana is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets in Ghana (G and D) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring multiple power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ghana and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 visiting Ghana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Ghana?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type G power adapter to power your iPhone 5 with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5 from a Ghanaian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by three vertical holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Ghanaian power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 using a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - Ghanaian Wikipedia web 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/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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters