Charging the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Principe

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Prinicipe power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5C using a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

Prinicipe power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when they're visiting abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 5C when travelling to Principe using the Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Principe from a different country please double check the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Principe

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Principe?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Principe.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Principe?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C the best international travel adapter for Principe is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Prinicipians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Principe and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Principe using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Principe. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Principe?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5C from a Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5C with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Prinicipe power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The sunken circular power supply, sometimes called the Type F power outlet [6], can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. 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 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Principe page on Wikipedia
  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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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 (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 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).