How to charge the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to Libya

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type D USB charger, charging the iPhone 5S using a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5S using a double pin Type F Schuko USB plug

Libyan power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power their iPhone 5S abroad.This page is a simple guide demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone 5S when you are visiting Libya by using the D, C, F or L type Libyan 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If your iPhone 5S charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Libya from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your iPhone 5S is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. However please note that Barca, Benghazi, Derna, Sabha and Tobruk will use a 230 volt power supply instead of 110 volts. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Libya

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Libya?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a Libyan power outlet.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Libya is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of power outlets that Libyans use (types D, C, F and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

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 5S, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel 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 North America going to Libya using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Libya. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Libya?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S 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] - Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5S.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Libyan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 circular adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5S using a Libyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Libyan power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6], looks like three circular holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S 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 your iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type F power adapter to charge the iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S 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] (Apple should usually include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type L power charger to charge the iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5S using a Libyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter into the Libyan power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped plug outlet by three large circular holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. There are two types of Type L plug supply rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Libyan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Libya
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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 (£10-£15 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 at between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  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, estimated price under $15 USD (£25-£30 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).