Charging the iPhone 5S when visiting Uganda

How to connect a Ugandan power outlet to the iPhone 5S

Ugandan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Uganda this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5S by using the 240 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, with the Ugandans using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Uganda from another region double check the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPhone 5S is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Uganda

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Uganda?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Uganda?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Uganda to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) 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.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your Ugandan trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Uganda

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Uganda 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Uganda.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as 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 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 Uganda.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Uganda?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Ugandan power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with a Ugandan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5S using a Ugandan power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5S.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Ugandan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. 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 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ugandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Ugandan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uganda - wikipedia.org entry about Uganda
  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
  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
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters