Charging the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Ecuador

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5C from an Ecuadorian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type A USB charger and recharging the iPhone 5C using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5C when you're going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Ecuador this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPhone 5C by using their standard Type B or A Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You will discover that power supplies change depending on which region you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPhone 5C charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Ecuador from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (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 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Ecuador

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Ecuador?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Ecuador.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5C then the best travel charger for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Ecuadorians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Ecuadorian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting 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 from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Ecuador?

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

Learn how to recharge your iPhone 5C with an Ecuadorian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Ecuadorian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ecuadorian power outlet

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type B USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5C using the Ecuadorian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter 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 Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Wikipedia.org web page about Ecuador
  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