How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Samoa

How to connect a Samoan power outlet to the iPhone 5

Samoan power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 5 in Samoa. This page has been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they can power the iPhone 5 when going to Samoa.If you're going to travel to Samoa this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type power outlet. Most power supplies differ regionally so please read the Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If travelling to Samoa from another country please make sure the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Samoa

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Samoa?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Samoa.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Samoa?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Samoa or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

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, 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 for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Samoa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Samoa using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Samoa?

Charging the iPhone 5 from a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPhone 5 from a Samoan power outlet using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the Samoan power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by three thin slots forming a triangular pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB adapter 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. Turn on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Samoa
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price around £20.
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.