Charging the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Tanzania

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Tanzanian power outlet and how to power the iPhone 5C using a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

Tanzanian power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5C . When you are planning a holiday to Tanzania this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 5C by using their standard G or D type Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Tanzanians will normally use Type G plugs in their plug outlets. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Tanzania from a different country please double check the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Tanzania

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Tanzania?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Tanzania by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5C then the best travel charger for Tanzania to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets that Tanzanians use (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers for your Tanzanian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Tanzania.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 Tanzania. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Tanzania?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5C using the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 5C.
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the USB 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5C with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5C from a Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. This power supply (sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the USB 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Tanzania
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at under C$15.
  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$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costs 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, under C$20.