Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in Nepal

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 5S from a Nepali power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type D power adapter, powering the iPhone 5S using a double pinned Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 5S using a three pinned Type M power charger

Nepali power outlet

Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to visit a new country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when you are travelling to Nepal.When staying in Nepal the following instructions show how to power the iPhone 5S by using the Type D, C or M Nepali 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling you'll find power sources will vary from region to region so please read our Wiki Connections world power supplies guide for a complete list of destinations. When visiting Nepal from another country double check the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Nepal

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Nepal?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Nepali power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Nepal?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Nepal to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of power outlets that Nepali use (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nepal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nepal 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Nepal.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Nepal. [10]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Nepal?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a double pinned Type C USB adapter to power your iPhone 5S with a Nepali power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S using the Nepali power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Nepali power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Nepali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Nepali power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Nepali power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5S using the Nepali power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it into the Nepali power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Nepali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Nepali power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Nepali power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type M USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with a Nepali power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from a Nepali power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy your iPhone 5S).
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type M power outlet [8], can be identified by the three circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Nepali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Nepali power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Nepali country Wiki 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, estimated price 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, costs C$10-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, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, around C$15.
  10. 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.