How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Argentina

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 5 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type I power plug.

Argentinean power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they can power the iPhone 5 abroad.The following simple instructions will show you exactly how to power the iPhone 5 when visiting Argentina by using their I or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Argentines will typically use the Type I plug outlets. Most power supplies will change from country to country so please read the Wiki Connections global power connections list for a full list showing regions. If travelling to Argentina from another country please make sure the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Argentina

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Argentina?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to an Argentinean power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5 then the best international travel charger for Argentina is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Argentina (types I and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Argentina?

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

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using an Argentinean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Argentinean power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Argentinean power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to recharge the iPhone 5 from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using an Argentinean power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type I USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as the Type I power outlet [6], can be identified by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground. Note that the live and neutral pins are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian power outlets so check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power 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. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Argentina
  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, under £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, around £15.
  6. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  7. 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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.