How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Egypt

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 5 from an Egyptian power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5 using a two pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Egyptian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when abroad.If you are going to travel to Egypt the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5 using their Type F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you'll discover most Egyptians will normally use Type F sockets in their power outlets. When you are visiting Egypt from a different country check that your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure 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 charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Egypt

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Egypt?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to an Egyptian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Egypt?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best international travel power adapter for Egypt is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Egyptians use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Egypt and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Egypt.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Egypt?

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 5 from an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using an Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Egyptian power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cord into the 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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Egyptian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Schuko Type F power charger to power your iPhone 5 from an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Egyptian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Egyptian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Egyptian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Egyptian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced under C$20.
  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, under C$20.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, 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, C$15-C$20.