How to charge the iPhone 5 when visiting Haiti

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Haitian power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Haitian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you are visiting Haiti.When visiting Haiti this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 by using the B or A type Haitian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type B power outlets are normally used by a majority of Haitians. If the iPhone 5 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Haiti from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to visit a Haitian place such as Port-au-Prince please refer to the Wikipedia.org entry about Haiti [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Haiti

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Haiti?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Haiti?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Haiti is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Haitians use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Haitian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Haiti

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Haiti and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Haiti.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Haiti. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Haiti?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Haitian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Haitian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using the Haitian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Haitian power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB 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. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Haitian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Haitian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Haitian power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Haitian power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Type B power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 using the Haitian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically supplied with the iPhone 5).
  2. First plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the Haitian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger 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. Switch on the Haitian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Haitian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Haiti
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around £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, estimated price £10-£15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costing £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.