How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Saudi Arabia

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a Type G power plug and recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type B power charger

Saudi Arabian power outlet

If you are planning a holiday to Saudi Arabia it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power your essential gadgets when you reach your destination. By not knowing which power supply is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to buy a suitable adaptor when you arrive. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting 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 Saudi Arabia. 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 Saudi Arabia by using the standard types G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you'll discover most Saudis will typically use the Type G 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 Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Saudi Arabia?

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

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Saudi Arabia?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Saudi Arabians use four different types of plug sockets (G, A, B and D) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G. 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 a multipurpose power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Saudi Arabia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Saudi Arabia using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5 in Saudi Arabia?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

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

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need a Type A 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 A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent slots.
  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 Saudi Arabian 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 A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots with a hole below for the ground pin.
  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 Saudi Arabian 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 B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  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 Saudi Arabian 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.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Saudi Arabia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, 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, costing around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, between $5 to $10.
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, between $5 to $10.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. 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.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20.