How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Trinidad

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Trinidad power outlet and charging the iPhone 5 using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Trinidad power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 5 in Trinidad. If you are going to travel to Trinidad these useful instructions show how to supply power to your iPhone 5 using their B or A type 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Trinidadians use Type B sockets in their power outlets. If the iPhone 5 does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Trinidad from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 5 is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Trinidad

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Trinidad?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Trinidad.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Trinidad is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Trinidadians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Trinidad or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Trinidad.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Trinidad?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Trinidad power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Trinidad power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Trinidad power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad Wiki 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, 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, priced under C$15.
  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, around C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing C$15-C$20.