Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Saint Martin

A page showing how to charge the iPhone 5 from a St Martins power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB charger and charging the iPhone 5 using a two pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

St Martins power outlet

Varying different standards and sockets can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 5 . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Saint Martin.This simple guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5 when you are travelling to Saint Martin by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Saint Martins. If you are visiting Saint Martin from another region please check the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Saint Martin

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Saint Martin?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a St Martins power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Saint Martin?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Saint Martin to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets that Saint Martins use (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters or using up additional power sockets. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Saint Martin we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Saint Martin.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Saint Martin?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a St Martins power outlet

A page showing how to charge the iPhone 5 from a St Martins power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 from a St Martins power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPhone 5.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one 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 the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a St Martins power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide on how to charge your iPhone 5 from a St Martins power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the St Martins power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the St Martins power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins go, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  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 St Martins 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 around one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - St Martins Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £5-£10.
  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, under £15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, estimated cost £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.