How to charge the iPhone 5S in Tonga

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Various region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 5S in Tonga. This guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5S when travelling to Tonga by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz I Type power outlet. If travelling to Tonga from another country please ensure the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPhone 5S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan to visit a Tongan destination like Nuku?alofa we suggest referring to the Tonga Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Tonga

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Tonga?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Tonga?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5S then the best international travel charger for Tonga is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Tonga. Because you are only packing 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 convenient for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Tonga using 3 pinned type B US 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tonga.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Tonga?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Tongan power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type I USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using a Tongan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the Tongan power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in 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 Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga - Tonga 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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters