How to charge the iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Laos

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Lao power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5C using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger

Lao power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Laos by using their F, C or E type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Laos from a different country check that the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend on visiting a place like Vientiane we also recommend referring to the Wikipedia.org page about Laos [1] for more indepth details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Laos

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Laos?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Lao power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Laos?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5C then the best international travel power adapter for Laos to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of wall outlets in Laos (F, C and E) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because 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 just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Laos.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Laos. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Laos?

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Lao power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C 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] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Lao power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5C from the Lao power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Lao power outlet. The recessed circular power supply can be identified by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins sit and one metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Lao power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5C with a Lao power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C from the Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is usually already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Lao power outlet. The sunken round wall supply can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C 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 cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Lao power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about Laos
  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, costs under $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, estimated price 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, between $10 to $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, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.