Charging the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Mali

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Malian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug power charger and powering the iPhone 5S using a Type E USB charger.

Malian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to assist people wanting to power their iPhone 5S abroad.If you're planning a holiday to Mali these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5S by using their standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Mali from a different country please check that your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Bamako we also suggest reading the wikipedia entry about Mali [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Mali

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Mali?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Mali.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Mali?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S the best international travel adapter for Mali to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Malians use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Mali using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Mali.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Mali?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5S from a Malian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from a Malian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Malian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power 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. Turn on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Malian power outlet

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

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type E USB charger to charge your iPhone 5S with a Malian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5S from a Malian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular power supply (sometimes called a Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins go plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power 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. Turn on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Malian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali - wikipedia entry about Mali
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters