Charging the iPhone 5S in Zimbabwe

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Zimbabwe power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a Type D power adapter.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This page contains a guide showing you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 5S when staying in Zimbabwe by using their types G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Zimbabweans will typically use Type G wall outlets. When visiting Zimbabwe from another country check the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Zimbabwe

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Zimbabwe?

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

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S the best travel power adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Zimbabweans use two different standards of power outlets (G and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Zimbabwe.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Zimbabwe?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB adapter to power your iPhone 5S with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from the Zimbabwe power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the USB adapter 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type D USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S from a Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the mains 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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