Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to Canada

How to connect a Canadian power outlet to the iPhone 5

Canadian power outlet

If you are planning to travel it is useful to know if you can power your essential electrical devices when you arrive. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you could pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 5. Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5 . These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone 5 when staying in Canada.When you are planning a holiday to Canada this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPhone 5 by using their standard 120 volt 60Hz A Type Canadian plug outlet, with the Canadians using NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plugs for power outlets. If the iPhone 5 does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to Canada from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning to stay in a tourist destination such as Toronto or Vancouver we also suggest reading the Wikipedia entry about Canada [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Canada

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Canada?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Canada by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Canada?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Canada to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. 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 heads. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility 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 without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Canada 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 Canada using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 Canada.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Canada?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Canadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from a Canadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Canadian power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB 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. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Canadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Wikipedia entry about Canada
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, C$15-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$140.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$20.