How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Latvia

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C with a Latvian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 5C using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Latvian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5C when Latvia.If you are visiting Latvia this page contains instructions showing you how to supply power to your iPhone 5C using their standard types F or C Latvian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Latvia from another region please ensure that the iPhone 5C can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the iPhone 5C is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Latvia

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Latvia?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Latvian power outlet.

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

When travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Latvians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Latvia.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Latvia?

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C from the Latvian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Latvian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5C from a Latvian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using a Latvian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally included with the iPhone 5C by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Latvian power outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also called a Schuko plug, can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB 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. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvia Wikipedia web 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, 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$15.
  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, costing C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at C$15-C$20.