How to charge the iPhone 5C when visiting Greenland

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Greenlandic power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger, recharging the iPhone 5C using a double pinned Type E power plug and powering the iPhone 5C using a Schuko Type F USB charger

Greenlandic power outlet

If you are planning a holiday to Greenland it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge any important devices like mobiles and tablets when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is used in Greenland you could end up either over packing with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive. Different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. If you're travelling to Greenland these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 5C using the standard E, C, F or K type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Greenlanders will normally use Type E plug outlets. When you are travelling to Greenland from another country please check your iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a city like Nuuk we also recommend referring to the Greenland Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Greenland

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Greenland?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Greenland by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C the best travel power adapter for Greenland is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of power outlets in Greenland (types E, C, F and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Greenland we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Greenland

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 the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Greenland using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Greenland. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Greenland?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Greenlandic power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB 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 your iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Greenlandic power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a Type E power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C from a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from a Greenlandic power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go along with one long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Greenlandic power outlet

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5C using a Greenlandic power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Greenlandic power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Greenlandic power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type K power charger to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Greenlandic power outlet you will need a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type K USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (technically known as a Type K power outlet [10]) looks like three holes in an upside-down triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB 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 Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Greenland 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, costs under C$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced under C$15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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, under C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, around C$5.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.