Charging the iPhone 5 when staying in Turkmenistan

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Turkmen power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter, how to power the iPhone 5 using a three pinned Type B power charger and powering the iPhone 5 using a double pinned Type F power adapter

Turkmen power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This page is a step by step guide telling you how to power your iPhone 5 when you are in Turkmenistan using their standard Type C, B or F 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If visiting Turkmenistan from a different country please ensure your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you intend to visit a place like Ashgabat or T'rkmenabat read the wikipedia page about Turkmenistan [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Turkmenistan

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Turkmenistan?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Turkmen power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel adapter for Turkmenistan to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Turkmens use three different types of power outlets (C, B and F) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Turkmen trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Turkmenistan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing 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 travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Turkmenistan 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Turkmenistan using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Turkmenistan. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Turkmenistan?

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Turkmen power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 from the Turkmen power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the Turkmen power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades sit with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin. Note that power cables with type B plugs which are rated at 125 V should not be used in Turkmenistan so we recommend checking prior to continuing.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB charging cable into the USB mains 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 Turkmen power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Turkmen power outlet

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Turkmen power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 using the Turkmen power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Turkmen power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB charging cable into the USB mains 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 Turkmen power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Turkmen power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type F Schuko USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Turkmen power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 using a Turkmen power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB power cable into the bottom of the power adapter 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 Turkmen power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Turkmen power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Turkmenistan
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. 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 $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, around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs 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, 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, between $15 to $20.