How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Belgium

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 with a Belgian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger and recharging the iPhone 5 using a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

Belgian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when going abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone 5 when you are travelling to Belgium by using the standard types E or C Belgian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E power outlets are used by most Belgians. Most power supplies differ regionally so please read the WikiConnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Belgium from another country please ensure that the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Belgium

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Belgium?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Belgium?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Belgium is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Belgians use two different types of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Belgium or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Belgium. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Belgium?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Belgian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 from the Belgian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Belgian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the power charger 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 Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Belgian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Belgian power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 using a Belgian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a CEE 7/7 outlet or Type E power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the 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. Turn on the Belgian 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 one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Belgian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Belgium
  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, estimated cost 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 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, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.