Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to The Bahamas

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Bahamas power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Bahamas power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge your iPhone 5 when you are in The Bahamas using their standard B or A type Bahamas 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Bahamians will use the Type B plug outlets. You'll discover that power supplies differ depending on which area you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPhone 5 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting The Bahamas from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in The Bahamas

Can you use the iPhone 5 in The Bahamas?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Bahamas power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in The Bahamas?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for The Bahamas to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Bahamians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to The Bahamas we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Bahamas

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Bahamas and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to The Bahamas using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Bahamas. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in The Bahamas?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Bahamas power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with a Bahamas power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Bahamas power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Bahamas power outlet. The power outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Bahamas power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Bahamas power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Bahamas power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Bahamas power outlet using a Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Bahamas power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Bahamas power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the twin blades slide into with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Bahamas power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Bahamas power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Bahamas country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced around C$50.
  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, priced at C$20-C$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced at C$20-C$25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.