How to charge the iPhone 5S in Benin

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPhone 5S from a Beninese power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a two pin Type E USB adapter.

Beninese power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S abroad.These instructions shows exactly how to power the iPhone 5S when staying in Benin by using the standard types E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Benin from a different country double check your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Benin

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Benin?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Benin.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel power adapter for Benin to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninois use two different types of plug sockets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual power adapters on your trip to Benin or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Benin 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 from the US using type B plugs and 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 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 Benin.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Benin?

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

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPhone 5S from a Beninese power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S from the Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally included with your device.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Beninese 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 mobile is charging, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Beninese power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S from the Beninese power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the Beninese power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral with one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Beninese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Beninese Wikipedia page
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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