How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Singapore

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter, charging the iPhone 5 using a Type G power charger and charging the iPhone 5 using a Type M power charger

Singapore power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.If going to Singapore this page has instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5 using their standard types G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will find most Singaporeans will normally use Type G wall outlets. If travelling to Singapore from another country please double check your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you plan on staying in a city such as Singapore please read the Visit Singapore [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Singapore

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Singapore?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Singapore by using a power convertor.

Singapore

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Singapore?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Singaporeans use three different standards of wall outlets (G, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Singapore using 3 pin type B US 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Singapore?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet

Using a Lightning cable with a Type G USB adapter to charge your iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 using a Singapore power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular pattern. These are the most commonly used sockets in Singapore.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug outlet can be recognised by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral. Note that Type C electrical outlets aren't as common in Singapore.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable 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 your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet

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

Using a Lightning cable with a Type M USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5 from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using a Singapore power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug the Type M USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as the Type M power outlet [8]) can be identified by three large circular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. These outlets aren't as commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  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, around 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, costing C$10-C$15.
  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, C$15-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, under C$20.