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

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Malawian power outlet.

Malawian power outlet

Complicated standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to assist people wanting to charge their iPhone 5C abroad.This page has instructions showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5C when you are in Malawi by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, with the Malawians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. When you are visiting Malawi from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 5C can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on travelling to a place like Lilongwe please refer to the Wikipedia.org page about Malawi [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Malawi

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Malawi?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Malawian power outlet.

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Malawi is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 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 visiting Malawi using type B American 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 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 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 Malawi.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Malawian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5C from a Malawian power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Malawian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This power outlet, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the 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 your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Malawian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Wikipedia.org page about Malawi
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, between $10 to $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, costs around $15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15.