Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Vietnam

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Vietnamese power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB charger, charging the iPhone 5S using a three pinned Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 5S using a double pinned Type A power adapter

Vietnamese power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are staying in Vietnam these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5S by using their standard Type G, A or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G wall outlets are typically used by most Vietnamese. If you are visiting Vietnam from another country make sure that the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure your iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Vietnam

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Vietnam?

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

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

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 5S then the best international travel adapter for Vietnam is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of plug sockets in Vietnam (G, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A, C and G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Vietnamese trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Vietnam.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Vietnam?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 5S using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the Vietnamese power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical holes containing shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pinned Type A power adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the Vietnamese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent slots next to each other where the plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5S from a Vietnamese power outlet with a Lightning connector and a 2 pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Vietnamese power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam 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/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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters