Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Qatar

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Qatari power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a Type D USB adapter.

Qatari power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 abroad.The following instructions will show you what you'll need to power the iPhone 5 when you're visiting Qatar by using the Type G or D Qatari 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Qataris use Type G power outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Asia page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Qatar from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 5 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting destinations such as Doha or Al Khor we also recommend referring to the Wikipedia.org entry about Qatar [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Qatar

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Qatar?

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

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Qatar?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Qatar is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Qatar (types G and D) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power adapters. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Qatar using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Qatar?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Qatari power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pin Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 5 with a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from a Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Qatari power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Qatari power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 from the Qatari power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Qatari 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 5 is recharging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Qatar
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).