Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pinned Type M power adapter, recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type D power charger

Sri Lankan power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. When you're staying in Sri Lanka the following useful instructions show powering the iPhone 5 by using the types G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you'll find a majority of Sri Lankans normally use the Type G plug outlets. Most power sources will change depending on which region you travelling to so please read our WikiConnections travel power supplies guide for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions and countries. When travelling to Sri Lanka from another region ensure that your iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure 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 overloading during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Sri Lanka

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Sri Lanka?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Sri Lanka.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel power adapter for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sri Lankans use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Sri Lankan trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sri Lanka using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Sri Lanka?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally already included with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB power cable into the mains power 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pinned Type M power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5 from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type M power outlet [8], can be identified by 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable 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 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lankan Wikipedia web 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, costs £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, priced £10-£15.
  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, estimated price under £25.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. 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, £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.