Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Reunion

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Reunionese power outlet.

Reunionese power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to help assist people wanting to charge the iPhone 5S when they are abroad.When you are travelling to Reunion this page has instructions showing you charging the iPhone 5S by using a 220 volt 50Hz Type E wall outlet, with the Reunionese using CEE 7/5 French sockets for charging. You will find power supplies are different depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of countries. When travelling to Reunion from a different country please make sure 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 check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you're planning on staying at a destination such as Saint-Denis or Saint-Paul please refer to the Reunionese Wikipedia page [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 Reunion

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Reunion?

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

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 5S then the best travel power adapter for Reunion is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Reunionese trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to Reunion we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Reunion and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Reunion.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Reunion.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in Reunion?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Reunionese power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type E USB power adapter in the Reunionese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Reunionese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Reunionese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9union - Reunionese 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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