Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in America

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S with an American power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Type A USB adapter and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a Type B power adapter.

American power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when you're in staying in America.This step-by-step guide will show how to charge your iPhone 5S when visiting America using their standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you'll find most Americans use the Type B plugs in their plug outlets. If your iPhone 5S does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting America from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your iPhone 5S is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in America

Can you use the iPhone 5S in America?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to an American power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in America?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your iPhone 5S the best international travel charger for America is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets in America (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your American trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for America

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting America.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in America?

Charging the iPhone 5S from an American power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A power charger to charge the iPhone 5S from an American power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from the American power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter 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 American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from an American power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type B USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5S from an American power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from an American power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power adapter 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 American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States - wikipedia page about America
  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