How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Malaysia

How to connect a Malaysian power outlet to the iPhone 5

Malaysian power outlet

When planning a holiday to Malaysia it is helpful to know in advance if you can power your indispensable electrical devices like mobiles or laptop computers when you're there. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Malaysia you may bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you're going abroad.This page contains simple instructions showing you exactly how to power the iPhone 5 when staying in Malaysia by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Malaysian plug outlet, with the Malaysians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If travelling to Malaysia from another country please ensure the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Malaysia

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Malaysia?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Malaysian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Malaysia?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Malaysia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Malaysia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malaysia 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Malaysia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malaysia. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Malaysia?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Malaysian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Malaysian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Malaysian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Malaysian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Malaysian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malaysia country 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.