Charging the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Chile

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Chilean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type C USB charger and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type L power charger.

Chilean power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 5 . This guide was written to prevent visitors having to worry if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when they're travelling to Chile.The following useful guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5 when you're visiting Chile using the standard L or C type Chilean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Chileans typically use Type L plugs in their plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power supplies for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Chile from a different region ensure your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning to stay in a tourist destination such as Santiago or Antofagasta please read the Wikipedia.org entry about Chile [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Chile

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Chile?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Chile.

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

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Chile to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Chileans use two different types of power outlets (types L and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Chilean trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America going to Chile.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Chile. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Chile?

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

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Chilean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from a Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 with a Chilean power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type L USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 5 using the Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it in the Chilean power outlet. This flattened hexagon shaped plug supply (technically called the Type L power outlet [6]) looks like 3 large circular holes forming a line. Please note there are two different variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp wall outlet has 4mm round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Chile
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  8. 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).