Charging the iPhone 5C when visiting Ethiopia

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C USB adapter, how to charge the iPhone 5C using a double pinned Type E power plug and recharging the iPhone 5C using a double pin Schuko Type F power plug

Ethiopian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 5C . The following step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to charge your iPhone 5C when you are in Ethiopia using their standard types E, C, F or L 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When visiting Ethiopia from another country check your iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit an Ethiopian city such as Addis Ababa we recommend reading the Ethiopia Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Ethiopia

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Ethiopia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to an Ethiopian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in Ethiopia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 5C the best international travel power adapter for Ethiopia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of power outlets that Ethiopians use (types E, C, F and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

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 5C, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ethiopia 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Ethiopia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in Ethiopia?

Charging the iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type E USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5C using an Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular power supply, also known as the CEE 7/7 outlet, can be recognised by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other and a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5C with an Ethiopian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type L power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5C using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the power outlet. This flattened hexagon shaped wall supply, technically known as a Type L power outlet [10], can be identified by three large holes forming a line. Note there are two different variations of Type L wall supply, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ethiopian power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopia Wikipedia web 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 (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, priced under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. 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, costing under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, costs between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$15).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).