How to charge the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Barbuda

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Barbudan power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger and powering the iPhone 5C using a Type B power adapter.

Barbudan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 5C . When you are travelling to Barbuda this page has useful instructions showing powering your iPhone 5C by using the B or A type Barbudan 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Barbuda from a different region make sure that the iPhone 5C can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check the iPhone 5C is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you are planning to visit a city like St. John's we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Barbuda [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Barbuda

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Barbuda?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5C in Barbuda by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C then the best travel charger for Barbuda to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Barbudans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbuda

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable 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 Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 America going to Barbuda using 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Barbuda.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Barbuda?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Barbudan power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5C from a Barbudan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Barbudan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5C with a Barbudan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Barbudan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots parallel to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Barbudan 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 is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Wikipedia.org entry about Barbuda
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, around £10.
  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 under £5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £15-£20.