Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Gabon

Learn how to charge your iPhone 5S with a Gabonese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

Gabonese power outlet

Complicated region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 5S . These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Gabon.If planning a trip to Gabon the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5S by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type C wall outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for charging. When travelling to Gabon from a different country please check that your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Gabon

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Gabon?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Gabon.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Gabon?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 5S then the best international travel adapter for Gabon is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Gabon we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Gabon 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Gabon.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Gabon.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Gabon?

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

Learn how to charge your iPhone 5S with a Gabonese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from a Gabonese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded wall outlet is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger 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 Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabon - Gabon entry on wikipedia
  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