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

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 5S with a Chilean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 5S using a three pin Type L USB charger.

Chilean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 5S in Chile. This guide was specifically written to assist visitors wanting to charge the iPhone 5S when going abroad.These step-by-step instructions tells you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5S when visiting Chile by using the L or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Chileans will typically use the Type L sockets in their plug outlets. When travelling to Chile from another country please check your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Chile

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Chile?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPhone 5S the best travel power adapter for Chile to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Chileans use (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage 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 smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Chile and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Chile using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Chile?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Chilean power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 5S with a Chilean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5S using a Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 5S).
  2. First plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Chilean power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Chilean power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Chilean power outlet

Learn how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Chilean power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type L power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5S using a Chilean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5S).
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Chilean power outlet. This hexagon shaped power outlet, technically called a Type L power outlet [6], can be identified by 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line. Note there are two different types of Type L wall supply rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - wikipedia.org entry about Chile
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters