Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in Ethiopia

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPhone 5S with an Ethiopian power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter, charging the iPhone 5S using a two pin Type E USB plug and charging the iPhone 5S using a two pin Schuko Type F power charger

Ethiopian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 5S . These instructions have been written to stop people having to worry if they'll be able to charge their iPhone 5S when they are visiting Ethiopia.When you are planning a vacation to Ethiopia these useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 5S by using the Type E, C, F or L Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When visiting Ethiopia from another country double check the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your 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 overloading when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Ethiopia

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Ethiopia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Ethiopia.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Ethiopia?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 5S then the best international travel charger for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are four standards of power outlets that Ethiopians use (E, C, F and L) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Ethiopia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This 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 just 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Ethiopia?

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPhone 5S with an Ethiopian power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains 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. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type E USB adapter to power your iPhone 5S with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually include the cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the Ethiopian power outlet. This circular power supply, sometimes known as a Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 outlet, can be recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other along with one long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter 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. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5S with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Schuko Type F USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPhone 5S.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit, plus thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which should take around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector and a Type L power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [10] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped power outlet by three large adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. Please note there are two types of Type L plug supply, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from an Ethiopian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia - Wikipedia.org entry about Ethiopia
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters