Charging the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to Mongolia

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Mongolian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug power adapter and recharging the iPhone 5S using a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

Mongolian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist people wanting to power their iPhone 5S when travelling abroad.This page has step by step instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S when you are in Mongolia using the types E or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Mongolia from a different country please check the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Mongolian place such as Ulan Bator read the Mongolia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Mongolia

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Mongolia?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Mongolia by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S the best international travel adapter for Mongolia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Mongolians use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Mongolia we suggest buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - 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 different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Mongolia

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. 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 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Mongolia using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Mongolia.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Mongolia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Mongolian power outlet

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Mongolian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S from a Mongolian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power 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. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Mongolian power outlet

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Mongolian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type E power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S from a Mongolian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular power supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins sit plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power 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. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Mongolian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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