How to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Tobago

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Tobagonian power outlet and charging the iPhone 5 using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

Various region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 5 abroad.This page is a guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 when staying in Tobago by using the standard types B or A Tobagonian 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note that Type B wall outlets will be normally used by most Tobagonians. Most power supplies vary from region to region therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections world power supplies list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If your iPhone 5 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Tobago from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 5 is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Tobago

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Tobago?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Tobago to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Tobagonians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tobago and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Tobago using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality 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 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 Tobago. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Tobago?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5 using a Tobagonian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 using a Tobagonian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Tobagonian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 slots parallel to each other where the two blades slide into with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Tobago
  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, costs around $10.
  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 $15.
  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, around $10.
  8. 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.