How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Tunisia

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Tunisian power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger and recharging the iPhone 5 using a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

Tunisian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 5 when they're going abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5 when you're visiting Tunisia by using the standard types E or C Tunisian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E power outlets are used by most Tunisians. If travelling to Tunisia from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Tunisia

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Tunisia?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Tunisian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Tunisia?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best international travel power adapter for Tunisia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Tunisia (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters on your trip to Tunisia or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tunisia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Tunisia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Tunisia?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Tunisian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Tunisian power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 from the Tunisian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, also called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Tunisian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Tunisian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Tunisian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Tunisian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB power 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. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Tunisia
  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, costs 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$25.
  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, costs under C$15.
  8. 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.