Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to Kuwait

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Kuwaiti power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a 2 pin Type C USB plug.

Kuwaiti power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5 . These instructions have been specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.The following instructions tells you how to charge the iPhone 5 when you're visiting Kuwait by using their standard G or C type Kuwaiti 240 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find power will vary from country to country therefore we suggest reading the Asia page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Kuwait from a different country please double check the iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay in a place like Kuwait City or Al Jahra we also suggest reading the Wikipedia entry about Kuwait [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Kuwait

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Kuwait?

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

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Kuwait to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Kuwaitis use (G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Kuwait we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Kuwait

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Kuwait.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kuwait. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Kuwait?

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

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Kuwaiti power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using the Kuwaiti power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 5).
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power outlet by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Kuwaiti power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Kuwaiti power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Kuwaiti power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Kuwaiti power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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. Switch on the Kuwaiti power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Kuwaiti power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Kuwait
  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 cost under C$25.
  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, estimated cost C$10-C$15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.