Charging the iPhone 5 when staying in Swaziland

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type M USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 with a Swazi power outlet.

Swazi power outlet

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This page contains a useful guide showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 5 when you are visiting Swaziland using their standard 230 volt 50Hz M Type wall outlet. When travelling to Swaziland from a different region ensure that the iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on travelling to a Swazi place such as Manzini please refer to the Swaziland wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Swaziland

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Swaziland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Swazi power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Swaziland?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Swaziland is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Swaziland using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Swaziland.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Swaziland?

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Swazi power outlet

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Swazi power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector with a Type M USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 5 using the Swazi power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three large holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Apple charging cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter 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 the iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Swazi power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - Swaziland 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/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters