Charging the iPhone 5 when staying in Nigeria

A step by step guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Nigerian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB adapter and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a Type D USB adapter.

Nigerian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when you are travelling to Nigeria.When you're planning a trip to Nigeria the following instructions show how to power the iPhone 5 by using the Type G or D Nigerian 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When visiting Nigeria from another country check that the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Nigeria

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Nigeria?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Nigeria.

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

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone 5 the best international travel charger for Nigeria to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Nigerians use (G and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads. If your type of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Nigerian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nigeria

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Nigeria 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Nigeria.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 Nigeria.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Nigeria?

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

A step by step guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Nigerian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 using a Nigerian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Nigerian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Nigerian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Nigerian power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Nigerian power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 using the Nigerian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the Nigerian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB 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. Switch on the Nigerian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Nigerian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria - Nigerian country Wiki 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters