Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in French Polynesia

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type E power adapter, charging the iPhone 5 using a two pin Type A power charger and charging the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type B power charger

French Polynesian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. If planning a trip to French Polynesia these instructions show charging the iPhone 5 using the Type E, A or B French Polynesian 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If your iPhone 5 does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting French Polynesia from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in French Polynesia

Can the iPhone 5 be used in French Polynesia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a French Polynesian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for French Polynesia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets in French Polynesia (E, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to French Polynesia we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to French Polynesia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features 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 a 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in French Polynesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 using the French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple cable into the mains power 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 French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type B power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 5 using the French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 5).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the French Polynesian power outlet. This plug outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type E power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the iPhone 5.
  2. Plug the Type E USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one 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. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a French Polynesian power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesian Wikipedia web 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, estimated price around £1.
  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, £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, estimated cost £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, estimated price £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 around £10.