Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Rwanda

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Rwandan power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type J power adapter.

Rwandan power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Rwanda.This simple guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 5 when you are in Rwanda using the types J or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power supplies for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Rwanda from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan on taking a trip to a Rwandan city like Kigali or Gitarama read the Rwandan country Wiki page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Rwanda

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Rwanda?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Rwanda by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Rwanda?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Rwandans use two different types of power outlets (types J and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Rwanda and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Rwanda 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 from the US using type B plugs. This 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 just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Rwanda?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Rwandan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Rwandan power outlet you will need to buy 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).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power supply, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains 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 the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Rwandan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Learn how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Rwandan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type J USB charger.

  1. To power your iPhone 5 using the Rwandan power outlet you will need to use a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type J USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped power supply by the three round holes in a flattened triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Rwandan 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 5 is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda - Rwandan 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters