Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Jamaica

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 from a Jamaican power outlet with a Lightning connector and a 2 pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Jamaican power outlet

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power all your devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is being used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPhone 5. Differing voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when staying abroad.The following guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5 when you're travelling to Jamaica using the Type B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type B power outlets will be used by a majority of Jamaicans. If your iPhone 5 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Jamaica from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Jamaica

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Jamaica?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Jamaican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Jamaica?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel power adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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 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 necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Jamaica and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Jamaica using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Jamaica?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5 with a Jamaican power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 5 from the Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power adapter 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 from a Jamaican power outlet with a Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 5 using the Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaican Wikipedia page
  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, priced at £1-£2.
  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, £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, estimated cost around £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.