How to charge your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Afghanistan

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge the iPhone 5 with an Afghan power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plug types can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 5 when they're travelling abroad.The following useful guide shows how to power the iPhone 5 when visiting Afghanistan by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Afghanistan from a different region please ensure that the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit an Afghan destination like Kabul or Kandahar refer to the Afghanistan country Wiki page [1] for more details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Afghanistan

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Afghanistan?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to an Afghan power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Afghan trip or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a flexible power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Afghanistan.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Afghanistan?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from the Afghan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of 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 the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Afghan power outlet

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type F Schuko USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using an Afghan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of 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 the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghanistan country Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced 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, priced at around $5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, around $10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.