Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Cameroon

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Cameroonian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and powering the iPhone 5 using a Type E power adapter.

Cameroonian power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. The following step by step guide shows you how to power your iPhone 5 when you're visiting Cameroon by using their Type E or C Cameroonian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Cameroon from another country check the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Cameroon

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Cameroon?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Cameroonian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Cameroon?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 5 the best travel power adapter for Cameroon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Cameroon (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cameroon

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cameroon 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 visiting Cameroon.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Cameroon. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Cameroon?

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

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Cameroonian power outlet using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 using a Cameroonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Cameroonian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Cameroonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type E USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5 from a Cameroonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with your iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the two circular adjacent holes plus one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Cameroonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cameroon Wikipedia web 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, priced C$15-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, estimated price under C$20.
  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, C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.