Charging the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Jamaica

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5C from a Jamaican power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter and charging the iPhone 5C using a Type B USB plug.

Jamaican power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone 5C when staying in Jamaica.The following simple instructions shows you how to charge the iPhone 5C when you're in Jamaica using the types B or A 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B plug outlets are normally used by most Jamaicans. If your iPhone 5C doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting Jamaica from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Jamaica

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Jamaica?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Jamaica by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Jamaica?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5C then the best travel charger for Jamaica to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets that Jamaicans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different places we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Jamaica 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Jamaica using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Jamaica?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Jamaican power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically supplied with your iPhone 5C.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Jamaican power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type B USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5C with a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5C using the Jamaican power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the short twin plug outlet blades slide into with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Jamaica
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around $5 USD (£1-£2 GBP / C$15-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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).