Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Iraq

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type D power adapter, powering the iPhone 5 using a Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a double pinned Type C USB charger

Iraqi power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 abroad.This page has step by step instructions which shows what you'll need to power your iPhone 5 in Iraq using the Type G, C or D Iraqi 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Iraq from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on staying at a city like Baghdad or Basra we recommend reading the Iraqi Wikipedia web 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 Iraq

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Iraq?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to an Iraqi power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Iraq?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Iraq is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Iraqis use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers this will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Iraqi trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used 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 on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible 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 Iraq

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however 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 useful 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, North 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 converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Iraq using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 Iraq. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Iraq?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet

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

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the iPhone 5.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical slots with plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power 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 Iraqi 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 charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type C power adapter to power the iPhone 5 with an Iraqi power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the iPhone 5).
  2. First insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of 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 the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from an Iraqi power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using an Iraqi power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Iraqi power outlet. The wall outlet (known as the Type D power outlet [8]) looks like three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Iraqi 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 £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, costing £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £5-£10.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.