How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Samoa

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type I power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Samoan power outlet.

Samoan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5C when you are staying abroad.This page has useful instructions showing exactly how to power the iPhone 5C when travelling to Samoa by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I Samoan wall supply. When you are visiting Samoa from a different country check your iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Samoa

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Samoa?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Samoan power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

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

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and 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. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred 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 on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Samoa 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 Samoa using 3 pin type B American 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 North America using type B plugs. This 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Samoa?

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Samoan power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5C 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] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it into the Samoan power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that 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 which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Samoa country page on wikipedia.org
  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, £20-£25.
  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 around £15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.