Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Tobago

Learn how to power the iPhone 5S from a Tobagonian power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a three pin Type B power plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S abroad.When you are travelling to Tobago the following useful instructions show powering the iPhone 5S using the Type B or A Tobagonian 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Tobagonians. If the iPhone 5S charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Tobago from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is dual voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter 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 Tobago

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Tobago?

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

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Tobago?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 5S then the best international travel adapter for Tobago to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Tobago (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

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 visitors also wishing 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 visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Tobago.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as 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 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 Tobago.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Tobago?

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

Learn how to power the iPhone 5S from a Tobagonian power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using a Tobagonian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cable into the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 5S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type B power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S using the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. The plug supply, technically known as a Type B power outlet [6], is identified by the two slots adjacent to each other with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobagonian Wikipedia web 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters