How to charge the iPhone 5 in Tuvalu

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type I power charger to charge the iPhone 5 from a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when you are visiting Tuvalu.If you are going to Tuvalu these useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 5 by using the 220 volt 50Hz I Type Tuvaluan wall outlet. If you are travelling to Tuvalu from a different country please ensure your iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. If you are planning on travelling to a destination like Vaiaku or Asau please read the wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Tuvalu

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Tuvalu?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5 in Tuvalu.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Tuvalu?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel adapter for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tuvalu and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tuvalu using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Tuvalu?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Tuvaluan power outlet

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 5 from a Tuvaluan power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type I USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5 using the Tuvaluan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPhone 5).
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three thin slots in a triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Tuvaluan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu
  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 cost £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, costs £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.