Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Latvia

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power your iPhone 5S with a Latvian power outlet and how to power the iPhone 5S using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Latvian power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when you are visiting abroad.When you are visiting Latvia the following useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 5S by using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will find power will change from country to country so we suggest reading the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of countries. When visiting Latvia from another country ensure the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Latvia

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Latvia?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Latvia.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Latvia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Latvians use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Latvian trip. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Latvia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Latvia?

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

Learn how to charge your iPhone 5S with a Latvian power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from a Latvian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply is identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Latvian power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Latvian power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Schuko Type F power adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S using the Latvian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by two large holes 19 mm next to each other and a pair of two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Latvian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvia - Wikipedia.org entry about Latvia
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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