How to charge the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to Iran

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5S with an Iranian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a two pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

Iranian power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power their iPhone 5S abroad.If you are staying in Iran this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone 5S by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When visiting Iran from another country please check your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Iran

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Iran?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Iran by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPhone 5S the best travel power adapter for Iran is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Iranians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Iran

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Iran using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Iran?

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5S with an Iranian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5S using an Iranian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply can be identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from an Iranian power outlet

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 5S with an Iranian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5S from the Iranian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 5S.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Iranian power outlet. This round plug outlet (sometimes known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S 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 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