How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Ecuador

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5S using a 3 pinned Type B USB charger.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 5S when they're going abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to power the iPhone 5S when staying in Ecuador by using the standard Type B or A Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPhone 5S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Ecuador from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning to stay at an Ecuadorian destination like Guayaquil please read the Wikipedia entry about Ecuador [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Ecuador

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Ecuador?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Ecuador?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ecuadorians use two different types of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Ecuador or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Ecuador using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 Ecuador.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5S from an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using an Ecuadorian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ecuadorian power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Ecuadorian power outlet

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power charger to power your iPhone 5S from an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using an Ecuadorian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ecuadorian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots parallel to each other where the twin blades slide into with a hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Wikipedia entry about Ecuador
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters