Charging the iPhone 5C when staying in Malta

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB adapter to power the iPhone 5C with a Maltese power outlet.

Maltese power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never visited before. When staying in Malta the following instructions show how to power the iPhone 5C by using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G Maltese power outlet, the Maltese will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are travelling to Malta from a different country please make sure that your iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Malta

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Malta?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Malta.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Malta?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Malta is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters along with additional support for more power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

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 5C, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malta 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to Malta.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Malta. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Malta?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5C from a Maltese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5C using the Maltese power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 5C).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 vertical slots forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter 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 the iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Maltese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Maltese country entry on wikipedia
  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, 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$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.