How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Laos

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Lao power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter, powering the iPhone 5 using a two pinned Type E USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a Type F power plug

Lao power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for 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 throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 5 in Laos. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 5 abroad.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power the iPhone 5 when staying in Laos by using the standard types F, C or E Lao 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Laos from another country please ensure the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPhone 5 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Laos

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Laos?

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

Laos

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Laos?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Laos is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Laos use three different types of plug sockets (F, C and E) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Laos and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 Laos.
  • 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 more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Laos. [9]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Laos?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Lao power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Lao power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Lao power outlet. The power outlet (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Lao power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Lao power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power 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 your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Lao power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Laos country Wikipedia page
  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, 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 between $15 to $20.
  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, priced between $15 to $20.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15.