How to charge your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Tobago

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Tobagonian power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5C using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

If packing for a holiday it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to power your electronics like cell phones and tablets that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you need it. Varying complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 5C in Tobago. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when visiting abroad.This page has instructions showing you what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 5C when going to Tobago by using the B or A type 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Tobagonians. If your iPhone 5C charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Tobago from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPhone 5C is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on visiting a destination like Scarborough refer to the Tobago Wikipedia web page [1] for more details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Tobago

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Tobago?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Tobagonian power outlet.

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Tobagonians use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

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 5C, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Tobago using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Tobago. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Tobago?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin blades sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power 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. Turn on the Tobagonian 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 5C is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPhone 5C from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C using a Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tobago Wikipedia web 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, costs 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 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, estimated cost 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, costs between $15 to $20.