How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Principe

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and powering the iPhone 5S using a two pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when going abroad.This page has simple instructions showing you exactly how to power the iPhone 5S when travelling to Principe by using the standard types F or C Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Principe from another region please make sure the iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Principe

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Principe?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Prinicipe power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Principe?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Principe to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Prinicipians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Principe or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Principe and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Principe.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Principe.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Principe?

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

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S using a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Prinicipe power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power 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. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Prinicipe 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 Prinicipe power outlet

Learn how to power your iPhone 5S from a Prinicipe power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5S using a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply (called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - wikipedia.org entry about Principe
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters