How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in The Philippines

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Filipino power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power adapter, powering the iPhone 5 using a Type A USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type B USB adapter

Filipino power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 5 when they are visiting The Philippines.If going to The Philippines this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5 using the standard Type C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Filipinas normally use the Type C power outlets. If travelling to The Philippines from a different region double check the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in The Philippines

Can you use the iPhone 5 in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in The Philippines by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in The Philippines?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Philippines is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in The Philippines (types C, A and B) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines 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 power converter for travellers originating from America going to The Philippines.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in The Philippines?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type A power charger to charge the iPhone 5 with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type A 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 5.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two thin adjacent slots. Please note that power cords with type A outlets which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used in The Philippines so please check first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains adapter 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 Filipino 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.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Filipino power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPhone 5 from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using the Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin. Please note that power cables with type B outlets which are rated at less that 240 V shouldn't be used in The Philippines so we recommend checking first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Filipino power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Filipino power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet is 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 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - Wikipedia.org page about The Philippines
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, £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, costs £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, £10-£15.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced at around £15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.