How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Uruguay

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Uruguayan power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pinned Type F Schuko USB charger, powering the iPhone 5C using a 2 pinned Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 5C using a three pin Type L USB adapter

Uruguayan power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation to Uruguay it is useful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets when you get there. But, without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 5C in Uruguay. When going to Uruguay this page has instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5C using their types F, C, I or L Uruguayan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Uruguayans will typically use the Type F sockets in their power outlets. When travelling to Uruguay from another country please check that your iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Uruguay

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Uruguay?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Uruguay by using a power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5C and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Uruguay is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of plug sockets that Uruguayans use (types F, C, I and L) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip to Uruguay or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online. The power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Uruguay using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Uruguay. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Uruguay?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. The plug outlet can be recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5C from the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with the device).
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Uruguayan power outlet. This round power outlet, sometimes known as a Schuko outlet, can be recognised by two adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning cable with a Type L power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C from the Uruguayan power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the USB cable is usually already included with your device.
  2. Begin by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet, sometimes called a Type L power outlet [8], looks like three large circular holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. Note that there are two different variations of Type L wall supply rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Uruguayan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Uruguayan wikipedia 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, 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. 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 (£25-£30 GBP / around C$15).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).