Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Turkey

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 with a Turkish power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pin Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5 using a double pinned Type F USB charger.

Turkish power outlet

If you are packing for a trip to Turkey it can often be useful to know if you can power all your devices when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Turkey you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable adaptor when you need it which might be incompatible. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This useful guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5 when you are visiting Turkey using their standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Turks will use Type F plugs in their wall outlets. When travelling to Turkey from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Turkey

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Turkey?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Turkey.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Turkey?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 the best travel charger for Turkey to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Turkey (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Turkish trip. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Turkey we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Turkey

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Turkey 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Turkey using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Turkey.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Turkey?

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5 from a Turkish power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Turkish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded power outlet is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the mains 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 your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Turkish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Turkish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Turkish power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Turkish power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 from a Turkish power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Turkish power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two large holes 19 mm next to each other and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB 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 Turkish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Turkish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey - wikipedia entry about Turkey
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters