Charging your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Guatemala

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 5C from a Guatemalan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and charging the iPhone 5C using a Type B power adapter.

Guatemalan power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when you're travelling abroad.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPhone 5C when visiting Guatemala by using their standard B or A type Guatemalan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 5C slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Guatemala from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 5C is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Guatemala

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Guatemala?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to a Guatemalan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Guatemala?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5C the best international travel charger for Guatemala to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5C at an airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America going to Guatemala.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Guatemala?

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

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 5C from a Guatemalan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C from a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type A USB power adapter into the Guatemalan power outlet. This unearthed plug supply, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB 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 the iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Guatemalan power outlet

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type B power charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5C from a Guatemalan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPhone 5C).
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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 Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up which should take between one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guatemala Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. 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, 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, estimated cost under $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. 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, priced between $5 to $10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $10 to $15.