How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Albania

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5 from an Albanian power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and powering the iPhone 5 using a Type F Schuko USB charger.

Albanian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when you're in Albania.This page contains step by step instructions showing you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 5 when you are visiting Albania using their Type F or C Albanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Albania from a different region double check the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Albania

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Albania?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Albania by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Albania is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Albanians use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Albania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Albania using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Albania?

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

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 from an Albanian power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5 from the Albanian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug outlet is recognised by the two adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from an Albanian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 5 from an Albanian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 from an Albanian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using an Albanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral along with metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger 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 Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from an Albanian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - wikipedia.org entry about Albania
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced at £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 cost £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.