How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Mongolia

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Mongolian power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Europlug Type C power charger and powering the iPhone 5C using a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

Mongolian power outlet

Differing voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide will show you what you'll need to charge your iPhone 5C when you are in Mongolia by using the standard Type E or C Mongolian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Mongolia from a different country double check your iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Mongolia

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Mongolia?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Mongolian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5C or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Mongolia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Mongolians use two different types of wall outlets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Mongolia or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their 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 without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Mongolia

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 5C, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters 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 power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Mongolia 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Mongolia.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Mongolia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Mongolia?

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Mongolian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Mongolian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C from the Mongolian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This wall supply can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the USB power 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. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Mongolian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

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

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Mongolian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round power supply, also known as the CEE 7/7 plug, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning 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 Mongolian 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 to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Mongolian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Mongolia
  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, estimated cost 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 E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, 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, costs C$10-C$15.