Charging the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Iran

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5 from an Iranian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger and how to power the iPhone 5 using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Iranian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 5 . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when you're abroad.If you're staying in Iran these instructions show charging the iPhone 5 by using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Iran from a different region please check the iPhone 5 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Tehran or Mashhad please refer to the Iranian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Iran

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Iran?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Iran.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Iran?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Iran 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 Iran (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your Iranian trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Iran

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, 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 for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Iran and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Iran.
  • 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.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers a more flexible 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Iran.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Iran?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with an Iranian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5 from an Iranian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Iranian power outlet. The power supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger 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 Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up which typically takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from an Iranian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from an Iranian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 using the Iranian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. The circular power supply (sometimes called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral along with two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran - Iranian 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/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