How to charge the iPhone 5C in Panama

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with a Panamanian power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5C using a Type B USB adapter.

Panamanian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This page has step by step instructions showing you what you'll need to power the iPhone 5C when you're travelling to Panama by using their types B or A Panamanian 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power supplies page for a full list of countries. If your iPhone 5C slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Panama from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Panama

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Panama?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Panama?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5C the best international travel charger for Panama is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in Panama (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Panama

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Panama 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 adapter for travellers originating from America going to Panama using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Panama. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Panama?

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Panamanian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with a Panamanian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C from the Panamanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Firstly plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Panamanian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to power your iPhone 5C with a Panamanian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C from the Panamanian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 5C by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Lightning power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Panamanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Panama
  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, costing under C$60.
  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$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, costs under 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.