How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Trinidad

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Trinidad power outlet and charging the iPhone 5C using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Trinidad power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when abroad.If you are staying in Trinidad the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5C by using the standard types B or A Trinidad 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Trinidadians use Type B sockets in their plug outlets. Power sources are different regionally so we recommend reading our Wikiconnections world power supplies page for a full list of powering devices in different destinations. If your iPhone 5C charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Trinidad from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPhone 5C is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter 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 Trinidad

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Trinidad?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Trinidad power outlet by using a power convertor.

Trinidad

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5C then the best international travel charger for Trinidad is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Trinidad (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Trinidad. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country 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 can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 America visiting Trinidad.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5C in Trinidad?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Trinidad power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Trinidad power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5C by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Trinidad power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Trinidad power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5C using a Trinidad power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by 2 slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades slide into with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad Wikipedia 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, 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$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, costs under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under C$20.