How to charge your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Type G USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a 3 pinned Type D USB charger.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Differing frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.When you're staying in Sierra Leone this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5 using their Type G or D Sierra Leonean 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will find power sockets will vary from region to region so we suggest reading the Africa and power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If travelling to Sierra Leone from another region check your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Sierra Leone?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Sierra Leone by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Sierra Leoneans use two different types of plug sockets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Sierra Leone. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Sierra Leone.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Sierra Leone?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 5 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of 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 the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type D USB adapter to power your iPhone 5 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 using a Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by 3 round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the 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. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - Sierra Leone 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters