Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Benin

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone with a Beninese power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and recharging the iPhone using a Type E USB plug.

Beninese power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. If visiting Benin this page has instructions showing charging the iPhone by using their Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power supplies for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Benin from a different country please double check the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Benin

Can you use the iPhone in Benin?

You can use the iPhone in Benin by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Benin?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone then the best travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Beninois use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Beninese trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Benin we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for those 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 necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Benin.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 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 Benin. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Benin?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Beninese power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from a Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically supplied with your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Beninese power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as a Type C power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Beninese power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Beninese power outlet

Using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power charger to recharge your iPhone with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using a Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone.
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply (sometimes called the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a single metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Beninese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Benin Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, C$15-C$20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, estimated cost under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under C$20.