Charging the iPhone 5C when visiting Eritrea

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPhone 5C with an Eritrean power outlet and charging the iPhone 5C using a Type L USB charger.

Eritrean power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. If visiting Eritrea these instructions show powering the iPhone 5C by using their standard L or C type Eritrean 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Eritrea from another country make sure that the iPhone 5C can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Eritrea

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Eritrea?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to an Eritrean power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 5C then the best travel charger for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Eritreans use (L and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we suggest buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature online - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Eritrea 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Eritrea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5C in Eritrea?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPhone 5C with an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5C using an Eritrean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will normally supply the cable with the iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the USB 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5C screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging which should take roughly 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Eritrean power outlet

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 5C from an Eritrean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type L USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Eritrean power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type L USB power adapter into the Eritrean power outlet. The squashed hexagon shaped wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type L power outlet [6], looks like 3 large adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and earth. Please note there are two types of Type L wall outlet rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Eritrean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Eritrea Wiki 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, estimated cost £10-£15.
  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 cost £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, £25-£30.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.