Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Qatar

A guide showing you how to power the iPhone 5S with a Qatari power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 5S using a 3 pin Type D power charger.

Qatari power outlet

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. This simple guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5S when you're in Qatar using their standard G or D type Qatari 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Qataris will use the Type G plugs in their wall outlets. If you are visiting Qatar from a different region please check the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 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 whilst powering it. If you plan to stay in a Qatari place such as Doha we also suggest reading the Qatar entry on wikipedia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Qatar

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Qatar?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a Qatari power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S then the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets that Qataris use (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of 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 switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time 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. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel 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 tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Qatar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to 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 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 Qatar.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Qatar?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S using the Qatari power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type D power adapter to charge your iPhone 5S with a Qatari power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Qatari power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (called the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  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 Qatari 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 charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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