How to charge your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Uganda

How to connect a Ugandan power outlet to the iPhone 5

Ugandan power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 abroad.If you are travelling to Uganda these instructions show how to power the iPhone 5 using a standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Ugandans will use a 13 amp plug for charging. If travelling to Uganda from another region double check the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning to visit a Ugandan city such as Kampala please read the Uganda Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the area. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Uganda

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Uganda?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Uganda by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 then the best international travel charger for Uganda to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Uganda

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Uganda.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Uganda. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Uganda?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Ugandan power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 5 from a Ugandan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using a Ugandan power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is normally supplied with the iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 Ugandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Ugandan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Uganda Wikipedia web page
  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, 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, priced at under C$25.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$10-C$15.