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

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 5S from a Nicaraguan power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Type A USB adapter and powering the iPhone 5S using a Type B USB adapter.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Differing region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when you're in Nicaragua.If you're planning a vacation to Nicaragua this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5S using the standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPhone 5S does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Nicaragua from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on staying in a city such as Managua please read the Nicaragua country entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Nicaragua

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Nicaragua?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Nicaragua by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5S or visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Nicaraguans use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Nicaragua using 3 pin type B US 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 originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Nicaragua?

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A USB adapter to charge your iPhone 5S from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S using the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5S).
  2. First plug the Type A USB power adapter into the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades sit.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPhone 5S from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S using the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two slots with a hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the USB mains charger 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. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua - Nicaragua country entry 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/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