How to charge the iPhone 5C from a power outlet in The Republic of the Congo

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Type E USB adapter, powering the iPhone 5C using a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a 3 pinned Type D power plug

Congo power outlet

Various voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when you're in going to The Republic of the Congo.If you are staying in The Republic of the Congo these instructions show how to power the iPhone 5C using their standard types E, C or D Congo 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting The Republic of the Congo from a different region please ensure that the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you intend to visit a Congo city such as Kinshasa or Lubumbashi please read the Wikipedia.org page about The Republic of the Congo [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in The Republic of the Congo

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

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in The Republic of the Congo by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for The Republic of the Congo is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Congolese use three different standards of wall outlets (E, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to The Republic of the Congo or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

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 who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting The Republic of the Congo using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as 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 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Republic of the Congo.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in The Republic of the Congo?

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5C using a Congo power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5C using a Congo power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Congo power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 circular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power 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 your iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type E power charger to charge the iPhone 5C with a Congo power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Congo power outlet. This round power outlet can be identified by the two large circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go with a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Congo power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - Wikipedia.org page about The Republic of the Congo
  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