Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Nicaragua

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power charger and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5 . When you are travelling to Nicaragua these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5 by using their standard B or A type Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 5 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting Nicaragua from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power 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 Nicaragua

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Nicaragua?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Nicaragua by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Nicaragua?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Nicaraguan trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Nicaragua we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nicaragua 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Nicaragua.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Nicaragua?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

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

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically include the cable with the iPhone 5.
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two thin slots next to each other where the short two plug outlet blades sit with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of 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 Nicaraguan 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 roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaragua 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, 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 £15-£20.
  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, priced £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.