How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Qatar

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Qatari power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB charger and recharging the iPhone 5C using a Type D USB adapter.

Qatari power outlet

When organizing a vacation to Qatar it is useful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets when you get there. But without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can charge their iPhone 5C when they are visiting abroad.When you're visiting Qatar these useful instructions show charging your iPhone 5C by using the standard Type G or D 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Qataris. When you are visiting Qatar from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 5C can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on staying in a destination like Doha or Al Khor refer to the Qatari entry on wikipedia.org [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Qatar

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Qatar?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Qatar by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5C or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Qatar using type B American 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Qatar?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Qatari power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Qatari power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with the device).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three slots with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Qatari power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using a Qatari power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Qatari power outlet. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the three circular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power 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 your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Qatari entry on wikipedia.org
  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, 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, 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, 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).