Charging the iPhone 5C when staying in Sri Lanka

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5C with a Sri Lankan power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type M USB charger, charging the iPhone 5C using a three pin Type G power plug and charging the iPhone 5C using a 3 pin Type D USB plug

Sri Lankan power outlet

Various frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to assist people wanting to charge the iPhone 5C abroad.When you're planning a trip to Sri Lanka the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 5C using the standard G, D or M type Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Sri Lankans normally use the Type G sockets in their wall outlets. When travelling to Sri Lanka from a different region ensure the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Sri Lanka

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Sri Lanka?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Sri Lanka to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets in Sri Lanka (G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers on your Sri Lankan trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of 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 Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Sri Lanka using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective 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 more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Sri Lanka?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 5C from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5C from a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5C by Apple.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the three rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the mains USB 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. Switch on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up which takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type D USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5C using a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable with the iPhone 5C.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the Sri Lankan power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 5C screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Sri Lankan power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a Type M USB adapter to power your iPhone 5C with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three large holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lanka country page on wikipedia
  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, 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 cost around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, under $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20.