How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Jamaica

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Jamaican power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a Type B power plug.

Jamaican power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. When you're visiting Jamaica the following instructions show powering your iPhone 5S by using the standard types B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Jamaicans. Most power supplies vary regionally so please read the Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If your iPhone 5S charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Jamaica from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Jamaica

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Jamaica?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Jamaican power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Jamaica is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Jamaica (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors 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 crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica.
  • 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 and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Jamaica?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Jamaican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with the iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Jamaican power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type B power charger to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S using a Jamaican power outlet you will need a Type B 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 B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots with a hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica - Jamaican Wiki 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. 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters