How to charge the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Canada

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Canadian power outlet.

Canadian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 5S in Canada. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when you're abroad.This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5S when you're visiting Canada by using a 120 volt 60Hz A Type plug outlet, with the Canadians using a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for charging. If your iPhone 5S charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Canada from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Canada

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Canada?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Canadian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Canada?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Canada to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Canada. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Canada.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Canada?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Canadian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5S from the Canadian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with the iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canada Wikipedia web page
  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, 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, estimated cost 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, under C$20.