How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Somalia

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Somali power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

Somali power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 5 in Somalia. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 5 abroad.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power the iPhone 5 when travelling to Somalia by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C Somali wall outlet, with the Somalis using a Europlug for charging. If visiting Somalia from another region please make sure the iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Somalia

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Somalia?

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

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Somalia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

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 North America, Europe, Asia 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 Somalia or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for recharging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for a flexible power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Somalia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Somalia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Somalia.
  • 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 and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Somalia.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Somalia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Somali power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Somali power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Somali power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Somali power outlet. The power outlet (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Somali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Somali power outlet

See also

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