How to charge the iPhone 5 when visiting Micronesia

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a double pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Micronesian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a Type B power adapter.

Micronesian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPhone 5 in Micronesia. These guidelines have been written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPhone 5 abroad.If you're travelling to Micronesia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 by using the Type B or A Micronesian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 5 charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Micronesia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend on travelling to a Micronesian destination such as Weno or Palikir please read the wikipedia page about Micronesia [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Micronesia

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Micronesia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Micronesia.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Micronesia?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel adapter for Micronesia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Micronesians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Micronesia

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 5, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Micronesia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Micronesia using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Micronesia. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Micronesia?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a double pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Micronesian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 from a Micronesian 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 typically included with the device.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the Micronesian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which 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 which should take between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Micronesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Micronesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 5 from a Micronesian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 5.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Micronesian power outlet. This wall outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Micronesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Micronesia
  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$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, 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, priced 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, under C$20.