How to charge the iPhone 5C in American Samoa

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type A power charger, powering the iPhone 5C using a three pin Type B power plug and powering the iPhone 5C using a double pin Schuko Type F power charger

American Samoan power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone 5C . This page was written to help prepare visitors wanting to power the iPhone 5C abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 5C when staying in American Samoa using their standard types I, A, B or F 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type I power outlets are typically used by a majority of American Samoans. When travelling you'll discover most power sources will vary depending on which country you travelling to so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections global power sockets list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions. If the iPhone 5C slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to American Samoa from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you're planning on staying somewhere like Tafuna or Tafuna please read the wikipedia page about American Samoa [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in American Samoa

Can the iPhone 5C be used in American Samoa?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in American Samoa.

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

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your iPhone 5C the best international travel charger for American Samoa is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different standards of wall outlets (types I, A, B and F) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual 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 travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for American 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 5C, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both American Samoa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting American Samoa using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 American Samoa. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in American Samoa?

Charging the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A power charger to recharge the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C from the American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 5C.
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 the iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type B power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using the American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually included with the iPhone 5C.
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the mains USB 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. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5C with an American Samoan power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the device).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the American Samoan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 the iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up and takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type I USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5C using the American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C).
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called a Type I power outlet [10], can be recognised by 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 the iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an American Samoan power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about American Samoa
  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, costs 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, priced £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, priced £20-£25.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costing £15-£20.
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. 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, priced £20-£25.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.