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

A page on how to power your iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D USB charger, charging the iPhone 5 using a 3 pinned Type G power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter

Zambian power outlet

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your important electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive that might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.If you're visiting Zambia these useful instructions show how to supply power to your iPhone 5 using their standard types G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Zambians use the Type G wall outlets. When you are travelling to Zambia from another region please ensure that the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on travelling to a city such as Lusaka we also recommend referring to the Wikipedia page about Zambia [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Zambia

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Zambia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Zambia by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Zambia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 then the best international travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different types of plug sockets (G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

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 adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zambia 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Zambia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Zambia?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5 using a Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning charging cable into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5 using a Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. The plug outlet, also called a Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug, is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from a Zambian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Zambia
  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, costing 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 C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing C$15-C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.