Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Tunisia

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Tunisian power outlet and charging the iPhone 5S using a double pinned Type E power adapter.

Tunisian power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Tunisia.These step-by-step instructions will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 5S when you're in Tunisia using the Type E or C Tunisian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Tunisians normally use the Type E plug outlets. If you are visiting Tunisia from another region please check the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Tunisia

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Tunisia?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Tunisia.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Tunisia?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Tunisia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Tunisia (E and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tunisia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge 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 converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tunisia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 Tunisia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Tunisia?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Tunisian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5S from the Tunisian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Tunisian power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord 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 Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Tunisian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type E power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Tunisian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 5S using the Tunisian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Firstly insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Tunisian power outlet. The circular power supply (known as a CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisia - Tunisian Wikipedia web 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. 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters