Charging the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to Sierra Leone

Simple instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5S from a Sierra Leonean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a Type D USB plug.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when they're visiting abroad.If visiting Sierra Leone these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5S by using their standard G or D type Sierra Leonean 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover that power supplies are different depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Sierra Leone from a different country please check 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 120 volts check that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Freetown read the Sierra Leone Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Sierra Leone?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Sierra Leone?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5S then the best travel charger for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets that Sierra Leoneans use (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers 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 for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those 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 crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Sierra Leone using 3 pin type B 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as 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 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 Sierra Leone.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Sierra Leone?

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5S from a Sierra Leonean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S from a Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Sierra Leonean power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one 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. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone 5S with a Sierra Leonean power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - Sierra Leone 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D 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