How to charge your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Guatemala

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type A USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5S from a Guatemalan power outlet and powering the iPhone 5S using a Type B power plug.

Guatemalan power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when Guatemala.If you're visiting Guatemala this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5S using their Type B or A Guatemalan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone 5S does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Guatemala from another country then 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 (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPhone 5S is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise 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 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Guatemala

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Guatemala?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Guatemala.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Guatemala?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S then the best international travel charger for Guatemala is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Guatemalans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Guatemala. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Guatemala 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Guatemala?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Guatemalan power outlet

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

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5S from the Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This wall supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by two thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the 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. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Guatemalan power outlet

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Guatemalan power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning cable with a Type B power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S from the Guatemalan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. This wall supply, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by two thin slots next to each other with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala - Wikipedia page about Guatemala
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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