Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Tanzania

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Tanzanian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger and how to power the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type D USB plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

When packing for a holiday it's useful to know if you can use your indispensable devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible. Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you are abroad.When you are visiting Tanzania these instructions show powering the iPhone 5 by using their standard Type G or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of Tanzanians normally use the Type G power outlets. If visiting Tanzania from a different country please check the iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Tanzania

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Tanzania?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Tanzania?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel power adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Tanzanians use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Tanzanian trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to Tanzania we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Tanzania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Tanzania?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Tanzanian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 using the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 vertical slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB 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. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type D power adapter to power the iPhone 5 from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 circular holes forming a triangle pattern.
  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 Tanzanian 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 one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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