Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Somalia

How to connect a Somali power outlet to the iPhone 5S

Somali power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. 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 Somalia.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPhone 5S when travelling to Somalia using their standard 220 volt 50Hz C Type Somali plug outlet, the Somalis will use a Europlug for power outlets. You will discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Somalia from another country ensure the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5S came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 5S is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when charging it. If you plan on taking a trip to a destination such as Mogadishu we also suggest reading the Somalia Wikipedia page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Somalia

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Somalia?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Somalia.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S the best travel charger for Somalia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to 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 (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling 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 not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Somalia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Somalia 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Somalia.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much 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 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Somalia.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Somalia?

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Somali power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power charger to charge your iPhone 5S with a Somali power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S using the Somali power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power 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 Somali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Somali power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia - Somalia 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/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