Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to Tonga

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type I USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. The following useful guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 5 when travelling to Tonga using the 240 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. When visiting Tonga from a different country please check the iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Tonga

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Tonga?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Tongan power outlet.

Tonga

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Tonga?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Tonga is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Tonga we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tonga 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Tonga. [6]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Tonga?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Tongan power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Tongan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Tongan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the Tongan power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by three slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB 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 the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Tongan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tongan country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price 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, costing under C$15.
  6. 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.