Charging the iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Tuvalu

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type I USB adapter to power the iPhone 5C with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Differing standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. If you're visiting Tuvalu these useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 5C by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. When travelling to Tuvalu from a different region ensure that your iPhone 5C can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you plan to visit a destination such as Vaiaku or Asau we recommend referring to the Tuvalu country wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Tuvalu

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Tuvalu?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Tuvalu?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C and visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Tuvalu we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tuvalu 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Tuvalu using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Tuvalu?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type I USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5C from a Tuvaluan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Tuvaluan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 5C).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type I USB power adapter into the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tuvalu country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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 $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).