Charging the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Singapore

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Singapore power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter, recharging the iPhone 5S using a 3 pin Type G power adapter and how to power the iPhone 5S using a 3 pin Type M power charger

Singapore power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when you are abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions showing how to supply power to the iPhone 5S when you are in Singapore using the standard Type G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be normally used by a majority of Singaporeans. If you are visiting Singapore from another region please check that the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Singapore place such as Singapore read the Visit Singapore [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Singapore

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Singapore?

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

Singapore

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Singapore?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S the best international travel adapter for Singapore is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets in Singapore (G, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power 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 plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a flexible power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

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 5S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Singapore and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Singapore.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating 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 Singapore. [10]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Singapore?

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

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5S with a Singapore power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S using a Singapore power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern. Type G plug sockets are the most commonly used outlets in Singapore.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Singapore power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Singapore power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a double pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 5S with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S from a Singapore power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include this USB cable when you buy your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral. These outlets might not be as commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Singapore power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Singapore power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type M USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using the Singapore power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type M power outlet [8], looks like 3 large circular holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth. These sockets aren't as common in Singapore.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$5).
  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 at around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costs under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).