Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in Cape Verde

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a two pin Type F Schuko power charger.

Cape Verdean power outlet

When packing for a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any essential devices like mobile phones and laptops that you'll be bringing along. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Cape Verde you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival which might not be compatible and cause problems with the device. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. This page has been written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPhone 5S when they are staying in Cape Verde.The following instructions shows you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5S when you are travelling to Cape Verde by using their types F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Cape Verdeans will use Type F plugs in their power outlets. Power sockets differ depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Cape Verde from another country please check the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Cape Verde

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Cape Verde?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Cape Verdean power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Cape Verde?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S the best international travel charger for Cape Verde is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Cape Verde (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts 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 faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Cape Verdean trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, 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 grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Cape Verde using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Cape Verde?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy your iPhone 5S).
  2. Firstly plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type F USB adapter to power your iPhone 5S with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5S using the Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Cape Verdean power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB power cable into the bottom of the 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Cape Verdean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wikipedia web 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters