Charging the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to The Central African Republic

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone 5S with a Central African power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

Central African power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 5S abroad.If travelling to The Central African Republic this page has instructions showing charging the iPhone 5S by using their standard E or C type Central African 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are travelling to The Central African Republic from another region please check that the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Bangui we also suggest reading the The Central African Republic Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in The Central African Republic

Can you use the iPhone 5S in The Central African Republic?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a Central African power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in The Central African Republic?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for The Central African Republic is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Central Africans use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Central African trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for The Central African Republic

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Central African Republic.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting The Central African Republic.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in The Central African Republic?

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

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5S from a Central African power outlet by using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S from a Central African power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger 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. Turn on the Central African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Central African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Central African power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Central African power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S from a Central African power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet, also known as a CEE 7/7 outlet or Type E power outlet [6], can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other with a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Central African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Central African power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_African_Republic - The Central African Republic 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