How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Martinique

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Martinican power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger, charging the iPhone 5C using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a Type D power plug

Martinican power outlet

If packing for a holiday it is helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices at your destination. But, without knowing which plug socket is used in Martinique you may bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. If you are going to travel to Martinique these instructions show powering your iPhone 5C using their D, C or E type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Martiniquais use Type D sockets in their plug outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary from region to region therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If travelling to Martinique from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on visiting a city such as Fort-de-France or Le Lamentin read the Martinican Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Martinique

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Martinique?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Martinique.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Martinique?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Martinique to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Martiniquais use three different types of plug sockets (D, C and E) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Martinique or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power 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 with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Martinique

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Martinique and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Martinique.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Martinique. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Martinique?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Martinican power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Martinican power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C using a Martinican power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Martinican power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Martinican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Martinican power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type D USB charger to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Martinican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5C from a Martinican power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as the Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three circular holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Martinican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Martinican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Martinican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Martinican power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Martinican power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Type E power outlet [8], can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Martinican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Martinican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Martinican Wikipedia 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, estimated cost £10-£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, costs around £10.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at £20-£25.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under £15.