Charging the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Tonga

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

Tongan power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist people wanting to power their iPhone 5C when travelling abroad.The following step-by-step instructions will show you what you'll need to charge your iPhone 5C when travelling to Tonga using the standard 240 volt 50Hz I Type Tongan power supply. When visiting Tonga from a different country please check the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure your iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Tongan place like Nuku?alofa read the Tonga Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Tonga

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Tonga?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Tonga by using a power adaptor.

Tonga

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5C or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Tonga to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Tonga?

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

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 5C from a Tongan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type I USB charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5C from a Tongan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Tongan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tonga Wikipedia page
  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, 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.