How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Mali

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Malian power outlet and charging the iPhone 5C using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger.

Malian power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. When you're going to travel to Mali the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5C using the standard types E or C Malian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Mali from a different country check your iPhone 5C can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Mali

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Mali?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Malian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Mali?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5C then the best international travel charger for Mali is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets in Mali (types E and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Mali and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 going to Mali using 3 pinned 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 the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Mali. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Mali?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Malian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Malian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from a Malian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This unearthed power outlet can be identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Malian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable with a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Malian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C using a Malian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Malian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type E power outlet [6]) can be identified by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the power adapter 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. Turn on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Mali Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing £5-£10.
  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, estimated price £10-£15.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced around £5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.