Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to Antigua

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with an Antiguan power outlet and how to power the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Antiguan power outlet

If you are planning to travel it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your indispensable gadgets like mobile phones or cameras when you reach your hotel. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 5. Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you're going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Antigua this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 5 by using their standard B or A type Antiguan 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note Type B power outlets will be used by a majority of Antiguans. If you are visiting Antigua from another country ensure that your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you intend on travelling to an Antiguan place like St. John's or All Saints we also suggest reading the Wikipedia entry about Antigua [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Antigua

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Antigua?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Antigua by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Antigua?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Antigua to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Antiguans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Antiguan trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Antigua

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Antigua and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Antigua using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Antigua.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Antigua?

Powering the iPhone 5 with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from an Antiguan power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable when you buy your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Antiguan power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning connector with a Type B USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from an Antiguan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Antiguan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades slide into with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Wikipedia entry about Antigua
  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