Charging your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Iran

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 5C with an Iranian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter and powering the iPhone 5C using a double pinned Type F USB adapter.

Iranian power outlet

Differing standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. The following step-by-step instructions shows exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5C when you're visiting Iran using the standard F or C type Iranian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will find power sources will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections travel power connections page where you'll find a full list of regions. When visiting Iran from another country make sure that the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPhone 5C is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend on taking a trip to a destination such as Tehran or Mashhad we recommend referring to the Iran Wikipedia page [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Iran

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Iran?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to an Iranian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 5C then the best international travel adapter for Iran to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Iranians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters on your Iranian trip. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different countries we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Iran

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Iran.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Iran.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in Iran?

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

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 5C with an Iranian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5C from the Iranian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from an Iranian power outlet

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type F USB charger to power the iPhone 5C with an Iranian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C using an Iranian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Iranian power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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