Charging the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Laos

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet, how to power the iPhone 5S using a Type C Europlug power adapter and powering the iPhone 5S using a Schuko Type F USB plug

Lao power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPhone 5S abroad.This page contains useful instructions telling you how to charge your iPhone 5S when staying in Laos using the standard F, C or E type Lao 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Laos from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Laos

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Laos?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Laos.

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 5S then the best international travel adapter for Laos is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Laos use three different standards of power outlets (types F, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Laos we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

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 5S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Laos using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in Laos?

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPhone 5S from a Lao power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S from a Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Lao power outlet. The power supply (known as a Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Lao power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S using the Lao power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. The circular power supply (sometimes called a CEE 7/7 outlet or Type E power outlet [6]) can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral with a single metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up which should take between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 5S using the Lao power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two large adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia 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, 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, 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, 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, costs 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, around $15.