How to charge the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Peru

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Peruvian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger, recharging the iPhone 5C using a Type B power charger and charging the iPhone 5C using a Type C Europlug USB charger

Peruvian power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Peru it's useful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5C abroad.This page has instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5C when travelling to Peru by using their Type C, A or B Peruvian 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you will find most Peruvians will use Type C plug outlets. If travelling to Peru from another region double check the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Peru

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Peru?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Peru by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Peru is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of power outlets in Peru (types C, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 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 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip to Peru or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger 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 countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Peru

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Peru.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 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 generous 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 Peru. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Peru?

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 2 pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPhone 5C from a Peruvian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Peruvian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Peruvian power outlet. This unearthed power outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Peruvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Peruvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C from a Peruvian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using the Peruvian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Peruvian power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by two slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Peruvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Peruvian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 5C from a Peruvian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C from the Peruvian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Peruvian power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two circular holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Peruvian 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 which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Peruvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Peru Wikipedia web page
  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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £3 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 between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 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).