Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in The US Virgin Islands

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Virgin Islands power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Type A USB charger and recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type B USB charger.

Virgin Islands power outlet

Complicated region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 abroad.This page contains a simple guide showing you how to supply power to the iPhone 5 when going to The US Virgin Islands using their standard B or A type Virgin Islands 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPhone 5 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting The US Virgin Islands from another region then 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 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on travelling to a Virgin Islands city such as Charlotte Amalie we suggest reading the The US Virgin Islands entry on wikipedia [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in The US Virgin Islands

Can you use the iPhone 5 in The US Virgin Islands?

You can use the iPhone 5 in The US Virgin Islands.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in The US Virgin Islands?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 the best international travel adapter for The US Virgin Islands to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Virgin Islanders use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The US Virgin Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The US Virgin Islands and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to The US Virgin Islands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The US Virgin Islands. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in The US Virgin Islands?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to charge your iPhone 5 with a Virgin Islands power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 using the Virgin Islands power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5).
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the plug supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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 the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Virgin Islands power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Virgin Islands power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type B USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 from a Virgin Islands power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 from the Virgin Islands power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (known as the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Virgin Islands power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - The US Virgin Islands entry on wikipedia
  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 C$10-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, estimated price 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, costs under C$20.