How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Libya

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Libyan power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type C Europlug power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a 3 pinned Type D power plug and recharging the iPhone 5 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug

Libyan power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you're in Libya.This page contains a simple guide showing what you'll need to power the iPhone 5 when you are visiting Libya using their types D, C, F or L Libyan 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If the iPhone 5 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Libya from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. However please be aware that Barca, Benghazi, Derna, Sabha and Tobruk use a 230 volt power outlet and not 110 volts. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Libya

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Libya?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Libya by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Libya?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPhone 5 the best travel power adapter for Libya is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [12]. Libyans use four different standards of wall outlets (D, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Libyan trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [12] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Libya

The 4 port USB travel charger [12] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Libya.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Libya?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Libyan power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using the Libyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with your iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Libyan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a three pinned Type D power charger to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 from the Libyan power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Libyan power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Libyan power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from a Libyan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is typically included with the iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. The recessed circular wall supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Libyan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a Type L USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 from the Libyan power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. This squashed hexagon shaped plug supply (technically called a Type L power outlet [10]) can be recognised by the three large holes in a line. There are two types of Type L plug supply, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya - Libya 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under 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, priced around $5 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$130-C$140).
  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, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$25).
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet, priced at under $15 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).