Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Guinea-Bissau

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter.

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5S when travelling to Guinea-Bissau by using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C plug outlet, with the Bissau-Guineans using Europlugs for power outlets. If you are visiting Guinea-Bissau from another region please check your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Guinea-Bissau

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Guinea-Bissau?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Guinea-Bissau?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Guinea-Bissau to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters along with additional support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Bissau-Guinean trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guinea-Bissau

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guinea-Bissau 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Guinea-Bissau.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guinea-Bissau.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Guinea-Bissau?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from the Bissau-Guinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the mains power 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. Turn on the Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea-Bissau - Wikipedia web page about Guinea-Bissau
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters