Charging the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Ethiopia

Instructions showing you how to power your iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type E power charger, charging the iPhone 5 using a two pin Type C Europlug power charger and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a Schuko Type F USB plug

Ethiopian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.If visiting Ethiopia the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the E, C, F or L type Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Ethiopia from a different region please check that your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on visiting an Ethiopian city such as Addis Ababa refer to the Wikipedia.org entry about Ethiopia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Ethiopia

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Ethiopia?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to an Ethiopian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Ethiopia?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 5 then the best international travel charger for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Ethiopians use four different standards of power outlets (types E, C, F and L) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ethiopia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Ethiopia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Ethiopia?

Powering the iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type E USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you purchase your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus a metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 5 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type F power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 from the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include the cable when you buy your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type L USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 5 from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by the 3 large circular holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth. Note that there are two variations of Type L plug supply, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Ethiopia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15.
  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, priced around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, estimated price under $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15.
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.