Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Ecuador

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type A power adapter to power the iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet and powering the iPhone 5 using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you're staying abroad.This page contains instructions telling you how to charge your iPhone 5 when staying in Ecuador using the Type B or A Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If your iPhone 5 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Ecuador from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical 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 5 is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Ecuador

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Ecuador?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to an Ecuadorian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 the best international travel adapter for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ecuadorians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your Ecuadorian 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 while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Ecuador we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to 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 both Ecuador 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using an Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter 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. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 5.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuadorian Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters