How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Australia

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type I USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5C with an Australian power outlet.

Australian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5C when you're going abroad.If you are visiting Australia this page contains instructions showing you how to supply power to your iPhone 5C using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I Australian wall supply. When you are visiting Australia from a different region please ensure that the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure the iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Australia

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Australia?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to an Australian power outlet.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Australia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C the best travel charger for Australia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on the plane. 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 be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Australia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Australia 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Australia?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C from an Australian power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type I USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C from the Australian power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the Australian power outlet. This wall supply (technically known as the Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades. Note that the live and neutral pins are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets, check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Australian power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power adapter 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 your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which typically takes around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australia country Wiki 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, C$4-C$5.
  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 C$10-C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.