How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Guam

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Guamanian power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a three pinned Type B USB adapter.

Guamanian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 5C in Guam. The following step by step instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5C when you're visiting Guam by using the standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPhone 5C slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Guam from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 5C is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Guam

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Guam?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel power adapter for Guam to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Guamanians use two different types of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only packing a single lightweight 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 travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. 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 Guam

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions 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 both Guam and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Guam 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 Orico travel adapter 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 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 Guam. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Guam?

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

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

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5C using a Guamanian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Guamanian power outlet. The power supply (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin adjacent slots where the blades sit.
  3. 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 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Guamanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Guamanian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Guamanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the Guamanian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots with a hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cord into the USB 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 Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Guamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guamanian 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, 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, 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, C$15-C$20.
  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.