Charging your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Swaziland

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type M power adapter to power the iPhone 5C from a Swazi power outlet.

Swazi power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning to stay in a new country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5C . This guide was written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to power their iPhone 5C abroad.This page contains a step-by-step guide which shows how to supply power to the iPhone 5C when you are in Swaziland using the 230 volt 50Hz Type M Swazi power supply. If you are visiting Swaziland from another country make sure the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Swaziland

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Swaziland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to a Swazi power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5C the best international travel charger for Swaziland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Swaziland we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Swaziland using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Swaziland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Swaziland?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type M power adapter to power the iPhone 5C from a Swazi power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 5C using the Swazi power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type M power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 large holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger 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 Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Swazi Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, estimated cost 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, C$10-C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at C$15-C$20.