Charging the iPhone 5C when visiting Bolivia

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Bolivian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB adapter and how to charge the iPhone 5C using a two pinned Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 5C when they are going to Bolivia.This page is a guide demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 5C in Bolivia using their types C or A Bolivian 115 volt 50Hz power outlets. If your iPhone 5C charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Bolivia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter 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 Bolivia

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Bolivia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5C to a Bolivian power outlet.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Bolivia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Bolivians use (C and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Bolivia we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Bolivia.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5C in Bolivia?

Charging the iPhone 5C from a Bolivian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5C with a Bolivian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5C from a Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5C.
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin blades go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a Bolivian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 5C from a Bolivian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5C from a Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with your iPhone 5C by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB power cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Bolivia 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, estimated price between $5 to $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, between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price 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, costing around $15.