Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Australia

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type I USB adapter to power the iPhone 5S from an Australian power outlet.

Australian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Australia.This simple guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5S when you're in Australia by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall outlet. If you are visiting Australia from another region please check the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Australia

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Australia?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Australia.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5S or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Australia we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Australia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Australia.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in Australia?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Australian power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pinned Type I power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with an Australian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from an Australian power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the Australian power outlet. The wall outlet (known as the Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by three slots for the live, neutral and ground blades. Please be aware that the live and neutral blades are configured reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets, please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Australian power outlet.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia - Australian country Wiki 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