How to charge the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Zimbabwe

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with a Zimbabwe power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

Zimbabwe power outlet

If you are planning a holiday to Zimbabwe it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to power any vital devices that you'll be bringing along with you. However, by not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying complicated region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This page was specifically written to stop people having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPhone 5C abroad.When visiting Zimbabwe these instructions show how to power the iPhone 5C using the standard Type G or D 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G plug outlets will be normally used by most Zimbabweans. You'll find power is different depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Africa page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Zimbabwe from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5C was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Zimbabwe

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Zimbabwe?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Zimbabwe by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C then the best travel adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Zimbabwe trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power grids. 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 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Zimbabwe using type B American 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and gives 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 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5C in Zimbabwe?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5C 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 normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Zimbabwe power outlet

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

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Zimbabwe power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5C using a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your iPhone 5C by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6], looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB 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. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe 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, priced at 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, estimated price around C$15.
  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, around 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 C$15-C$20.