How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in American Samoa

A step-by-step guide showing how to power your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger, powering the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type B USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter

American Samoan power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you are going to American Samoa.This page contains step by step instructions showing you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5 when travelling to American Samoa by using their Type I, A, B or F American Samoan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type I plug outlets will be typically used by most American Samoans. If the iPhone 5 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to American Samoa from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in American Samoa

Can the iPhone 5 be used in American Samoa?

You can use the iPhone 5 in American Samoa by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in American Samoa?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of plug sockets that American Samoans use (I, A, B and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

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 5, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both American Samoa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to American Samoa 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 American Samoa. [12]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in American Samoa?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to power your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5 using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power adapter to charge your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5 from the American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into the USB mains charger 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5 with an American Samoan power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type I power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is normally included with the iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet (technically known as a Type I power outlet [10]) can be identified by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an American Samoan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoan country page on Wikipedia
  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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £3 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, estimated cost around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$5).
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$5).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).