How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Puerto Rican power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type A power charger and recharging the iPhone 5C using a three pin Type B USB adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

If organizing to travel it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and laptops when you arrive. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Puerto Rico you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 5C when they are visiting Puerto Rico.This page contains simple instructions which shows exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5C in Puerto Rico using their types B or A Puerto Rican 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Puerto Ricans will typically use Type B sockets in their plug outlets. If your iPhone 5C charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Puerto Rico from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPhone 5C is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning on travelling to destinations such as San Juan please read the Wikipedia.org page about Puerto Rico [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Puerto Rico

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Puerto Rico?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Puerto Rico by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in Puerto Rico?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Puerto Ricans use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

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 5C, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Puerto Rico using 3 pin type B US 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 originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in Puerto Rico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Puerto Rican power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two thin adjacent slots where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Puerto Rican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A guide showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a three pinned Type B USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about Puerto Rico
  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, priced at under £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, around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.