Charging the iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Canada

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5C from a Canadian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter.

Canadian power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are staying in Canada the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5C by using their standard 120 volt 60Hz A Type wall outlet, the Canadians will use a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for wall outlets. If the iPhone 5C charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Canada from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Canada

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Canada?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Canada.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Canada?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5C the best international travel adapter for Canada is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving 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 and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters 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 which cover both Canada 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Canada using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to 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 a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Canada?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Canadian power outlet

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5C from a Canadian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C from a Canadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5C screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canada 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters