How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Argentina

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPhone 5C from an Argentinean power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a 3 pinned Type I USB plug.

Argentinean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 5C in Argentina. This page is a guide which shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Argentina using their Type I or C Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Argentineans will typically use the Type I sockets in their power outlets. If travelling to Argentina from another country check your iPhone 5C can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5C was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Argentina

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Argentina?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to an Argentinean power outlet.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in Argentina?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C the best travel adapter for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets in Argentina (types I and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Argentina using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 charger for the iPhone 5C in Argentina?

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPhone 5C from an Argentinean power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C using an Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 5C.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply can be recognised by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from an Argentinean power outlet

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

Using a Lightning cable with a Type I power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C from the 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 usually already included with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This power outlet, technically known as a Type I power outlet [6], can be recognised by the 3 slots in an upside-down triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please note that the neutral and live blades are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian power outlets so check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Argentinean power outlet.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentinean entry on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost £5-£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, around £20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.