Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Uruguay

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type F Schuko power charger to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet, how to power the iPhone 5 using a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a three pinned Type L power plug

Uruguayan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to help prepare travellers wanting to power the iPhone 5 when they are going to Uruguay.If travelling to Uruguay these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 5 using the standard Type F, C, I or L 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F plug outlets will be normally used by most Uruguayans. When you are travelling to Uruguay from another country please double check your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Uruguay

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Uruguay?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Uruguayan power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Uruguay?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 then the best travel adapter for Uruguay to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Uruguayans use four different standards of wall outlets (types F, C, I and L) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers for your trip to Uruguay or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Uruguay we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting 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 counties with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Uruguay using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 Uruguay. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Uruguay?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Uruguayan power outlet

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from a Uruguayan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  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 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Uruguayan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type F Schuko USB charger to power the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the mains USB charger 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. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a three pin Type L USB charger to power the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5 from a Uruguayan power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped plug supply by three large holes forming a line. Please note there are two different types of Type L wall supply, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger 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 Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Uruguay
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £10-£15.
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, priced £15-£20.
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, estimated price £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.