How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Senegal

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a Type C power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a Type D power plug

Senegalese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you're going abroad.This page is a step-by-step guide showing you what you'll need to charge your iPhone 5 when you are visiting Senegal by using the standard Type D, C, E or K Senegalese 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Senegal from another region please ensure the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you are planning to stay at a Senegalese destination like Dakar please read the Senegalese Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Senegal

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Senegal?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Senegalese power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Senegal to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of wall outlets in Senegal (types D, C, E and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Senegal or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Senegal

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 5, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Senegal using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Senegal. [12]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Senegal?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Senegalese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Senegalese power outlet. The power outlet (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the power cord into the USB power charger 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 Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Senegalese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Senegalese power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Senegalese power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Senegalese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type K power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Senegalese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Senegalese power outlet you'll need to use a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type K USB power adapter and plugging it into the Senegalese power outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type K power outlet [10], can be recognised by the three large holes forming an upside-down triangular shape for the live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the USB power charger 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 Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Senegalese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Senegalese Wikipedia page
  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 (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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).