How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Saint Martin

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S with a St Martins power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F USB charger.

St Martins power outlet

When planning a trip to Saint Martin it's helpful to know if you can power your vital electronics like mobiles or laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 5S in Saint Martin. If you are going to travel to Saint Martin the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5S using their F or C type 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Saint Martins will typically use the Type F wall outlets. If travelling to Saint Martin from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5S came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Saint Martin

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Saint Martin?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Saint Martin.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Saint Martin?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5S and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Saint Martin to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Saint Martins use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Saint Martin or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Saint Martin and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Saint Martin using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Saint Martin?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a St Martins power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a St Martins power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a St Martins power outlet

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 5S from a St Martins power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5S using a St Martins power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB power 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 St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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