Charging the iPhone 5S when visiting Samoa

How to connect a Samoan power outlet to the iPhone 5S

Samoan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 5S . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S abroad.When you are visiting Samoa these instructions show powering the iPhone 5S by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. If you are visiting Samoa from another country ensure that your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Samoa

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Samoa?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Samoa by using a power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 5S then the best travel power adapter for Samoa is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Samoa using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Samoa.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Samoa?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Samoan power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5S from a Samoan power outlet using a Lightning cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using the Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three slots forming an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Samoan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoa - Samoan country 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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters