Charging the iPhone 5 in The Republic of the Congo

Simple instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger, how to charge the iPhone 5 using a three pinned Type D power charger and powering the iPhone 5 using a double pin Type E USB plug

Congo power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting 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 guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone 5 . These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 abroad.If you're staying in The Republic of the Congo these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 5 using the standard E, C or D type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to The Republic of the Congo from a different country make sure the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you plan to visit a Congo place such as Kinshasa we recommend reading the Congo page on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in The Republic of the Congo

Can you use the iPhone 5 in The Republic of the Congo?

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

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in The Republic of the Congo?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel adapter for The Republic of the Congo to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in The Republic of the Congo (types E, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, and 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 adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Republic of the Congo

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Republic of the Congo and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to The Republic of the Congo 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 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Republic of the Congo.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in The Republic of the Congo?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Congo power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5 using a Congo power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPhone 5).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Congo 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 mobile is recharging taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type D power charger to charge the iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 using a Congo power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 5).
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type E USB charger to power the iPhone 5 with a Congo power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 5).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular power supply (known as the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go and a long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging which takes around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Congo power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - Congo page on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters