How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Zambia

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Zambian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a Type G power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a Type D power plug

Zambian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 5C in Zambia. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when you're going abroad.If you're travelling to Zambia the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5C using their G, C or D type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Zambians normally use Type G sockets in their plug outlets. If travelling to Zambia from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Zambia

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Zambia?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Zambia.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5C then the best international travel power adapter for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of power outlets in Zambia (types G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power 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, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, 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 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 5C, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters 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 both Zambia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Zambia using 3 pinned type B US 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Zambia?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots containing plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one 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 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

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

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type D power charger to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it into the Zambian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C 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 cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambia country Wikipedia 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, C$10-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 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, under 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, priced at 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, under C$20.