Charging your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Rwanda

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Rwandan power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug power charger and recharging the iPhone 5C using a 3 pin Type J USB plug.

Rwandan power outlet

Different combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 5C . This page contains step-by-step instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPhone 5C when you are in Rwanda using their standard J or C type Rwandan 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Rwanda from a different region please double check the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5C was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Rwanda

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Rwanda?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Rwandan power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Rwanda?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 5C then the best international travel adapter for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Banyarwanda use two different standards of plug sockets (types J and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

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 5C, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Rwanda 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Rwanda using 3 pinned 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 America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Rwanda?

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Rwandan power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C from a Rwandan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable when you buy your iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Rwandan power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Rwandan power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5C with a Rwandan power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type J power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5C from a Rwandan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally already included with your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it in the Rwandan power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped wall outlet, technically called the Type J power outlet [6], looks like 3 large round holes in a flattened triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Rwandan 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, 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, C$15-C$20.
  6. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, priced at 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, C$15-C$20.