How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Brazil

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Brazilian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a Type N power plug.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

Various standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 5 in Brazil. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when you're abroad.This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5 when you're visiting Brazil by using their N or C type 60Hz plug outlets, please note that Type N wall outlets will be normally used by most Brazilians. You will find that most power supplies will change regionally so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide for a full list showing regions. If your iPhone 5 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Brazil from a different country check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) 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 Brazil

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Brazil?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Brazilian power outlet.

Brazil

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Brazil?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Brazil (types N and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Brazil. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those 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 crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 going to Brazil.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Brazil?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Brazilian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 from the Brazilian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other. Prior to 2010 buildings use this power outlet.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger 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. Switch on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Brazilian power outlet

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Brazilian power outlet

A page on how to power your iPhone 5 with a Brazilian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5 from the Brazilian power outlet you'll need to use a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type N USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power supply by 3 round holes forming a flattened triangular shape. Since January 2010 all new buildings will be installed using this power outlet.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Brazilian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Brazil Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. 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 (around £10 GBP / under 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, priced around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, under $15 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$15-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).