How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Pakistan

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Pakistani power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter, recharging the iPhone 5S using a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5S using a 3 pinned Type D USB charger

Pakistani power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. When you're going to travel to Pakistan these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 5S using their Type G, C, D or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Pakistan from a different country make sure that the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning to stay at a Pakistani place such as Karachi or Lahore we suggest referring to the Pakistan Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Pakistan

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Pakistan?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Pakistani power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Pakistan?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Pakistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [12]. Pakistanis use four different types of plug sockets (G, C, D and M) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will allow you to charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [12] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [12] 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 both Pakistan 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Pakistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Pakistan.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Pakistan?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Pakistani power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Pakistani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning power cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Pakistani power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type D USB adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 5S from the Pakistani power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5S using a Pakistani power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it into the Pakistani power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type M power outlet [10]) can be identified by three large circular holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect 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 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani 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 5S is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan - Pakistan Wikipedia web page
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters