Charging the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Trinidad

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Trinidad power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 5S using a Type B USB plug.

Trinidad power outlet

If you are planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your indispensable electrical devices at your hotel. But by not knowing which power supply is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your iPhone 5S. Differing standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 5S . This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Trinidad.When you are staying in Trinidad these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5S by using their standard Type B or A 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Trinidadians. If the iPhone 5S charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Trinidad from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Trinidad

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Trinidad?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Trinidad.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S the best international travel adapter for Trinidad to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Trinidadians use (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Trinidad trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Trinidad 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Trinidad using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Trinidad?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Trinidad power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 5S with a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S using the Trinidad power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded plug supply, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Trinidad power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Trinidad power outlet with a Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 5S using the Trinidad power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter 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. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Trinidad Wikipedia 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters