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

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 5 from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type D USB adapter.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country for the first time traveller. This page has been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when you're in Zimbabwe.When going to Zimbabwe this page has instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5 using their types G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type G wall outlets are used by most Zimbabweans. When you are visiting Zimbabwe from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Zimbabwe

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Zimbabwe?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Zimbabwe power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Zimbabwe?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Zimbabweans use (types G and D) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Zimbabwe trip. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, however for those 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 for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Zimbabwe using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Zimbabwe?

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

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 5 from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Zimbabwe power outlet using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type D power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from the Zimbabwe power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Zimbabwe power outlet. The wall supply (technically known as a Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by the three round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe entry on wikipedia.org
  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 cost under C$20.
  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, 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, around C$15.