Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Libya

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone with a Libyan power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type D USB charger, how to power the iPhone using a Type C USB plug and powering the iPhone using a 2 pin Type F power charger

Libyan power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never visited before. If planning a trip to Libya the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone by using their standard types D, C, F or L 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If your iPhone slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Libya from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. However please note that Barca, Benghazi, Derna, Sabha and Tobruk use a 230 volt power supply and not 110 volts.

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Charging the iPhone in Libya

Can the iPhone be used in Libya?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Libyan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Libya?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone then the best international travel adapter for Libya is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Libyans use four different standards of wall outlets (types D, C, F and L) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Libya

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Libya and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Libya.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Libya. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Libya?

Powering the iPhone with a Libyan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone using the Libyan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPhone.
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is identified by 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Libyan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type D power adapter to recharge your iPhone with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone from a Libyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the Libyan power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by the 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which should take between one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type F power adapter to recharge your iPhone with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from a Libyan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two large adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type L power adapter to power the iPhone with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from a Libyan power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter into the power outlet. The hexagon shaped power supply (sometimes called the Type L power outlet [10]) looks like three round holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth. You'll find there are two different types of Type L wall outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp power outlet has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone from a Libyan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Libya entry on wikipedia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$15).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (under £30 GBP / under C$20).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).