Charging the iPhone 5C when staying in Burkina Faso

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Burkinabe power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a Type E USB adapter.

Burkinabe power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another 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 5C when you are travelling to Burkina Faso.This page contains a step-by-step guide showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 5C when you are in Burkina Faso by using their types E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power supplies will vary regionally therefore we suggest reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Burkina Faso from another region please check your iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on visiting a Burkinabe place such as Ouagadougou we also recommend referring to the Burkinabe Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Burkina Faso

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Burkina Faso?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Burkina Faso.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5C in Burkina Faso?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5C the best travel charger for Burkina Faso is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Burkina Faso (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters for your trip. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Burkina Faso using 3 pinned type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as 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 generous 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5C in Burkina Faso?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Burkinabe power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C using a Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5C by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Burkinabe power outlet. This plug supply, also known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Burkinabe power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5C from a Burkinabe power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type E power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5C using the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually include the cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the power supply. This recessed round wall outlet can be identified by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus a metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Burkinabe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Burkinabe Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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, estimated cost under C$20.
  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, 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, 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.