Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Afghanistan

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your iPhone 6 from an Afghan power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and powering the iPhone 6 using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 when staying in Afghanistan.When you're visiting Afghanistan these instructions show powering the iPhone 6 by using their standard F or C type Afghan 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Afghanistan from a different country please check the iPhone 6 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 6 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Kabul we recommend referring to the Wikipedia entry about Afghanistan [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Afghanistan

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Afghanistan?

You can use the iPhone 6 in Afghanistan by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 6 in Afghanistan?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 the best international travel adapter for Afghanistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different types of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 6 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 going to Afghanistan using 3 pin type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 6 in Afghanistan?

Powering the iPhone 6 with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your iPhone 6 from an Afghan power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from the Afghan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 6).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Afghan power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Afghan power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 using the Afghan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 6.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The sunken circular power supply can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Afghan 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, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Afghan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Wikipedia entry about Afghanistan
  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