How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in French Polynesia

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a Type B power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5S using a Type E power charger

French Polynesian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 5S in French Polynesia. If you're visiting French Polynesia the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5S using their standard Type E, A or B French Polynesian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone 5S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to French Polynesia from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 5S is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on visiting a city such as Papeete or Mahina read the French Polynesia country page on wikipedia.org [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in French Polynesia

Can the iPhone 5S be used in French Polynesia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in French Polynesia.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 5S the best travel charger for French Polynesia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of wall outlets in French Polynesia (types E, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching 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 buy individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight 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 sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using just a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to French Polynesia 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in French Polynesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a French Polynesian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the mains 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 French Polynesian 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 and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a French Polynesian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a French Polynesian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type B power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically supply this USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a French Polynesian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5S using a French Polynesian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Polynesia - French Polynesia country page 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters