Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to Macau

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger, recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type G USB charger and how to power the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter

Macanese power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5 . When you're staying in Macau this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 5 by using their standard G, D, F or M type Macanese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Macanese. If you are travelling to Macau from another region make sure your iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Macanese city like Macau or Mong Ha Hill we also suggest reading the Macau Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Macau

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Macau?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Macau by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Macau?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel power adapter for Macau is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of power outlets that Macanese use (G, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

For those travelling often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

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 5, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Macau 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 going to Macau using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Macau. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Macau?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type D USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Macanese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using the Macanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. This recessed round plug supply, sometimes called the Schuko outlet, can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other where the twin pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type M USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from a Macanese power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. This power supply (sometimes known as a Type M power outlet [10]) can be recognised by 3 large holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macau Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, £15-£20.
  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 £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, £5-£10.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs £15-£20.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, estimated price £5-£10.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.