Charging the iPhone 6 Plus when visiting Switzerland

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus using a Type J power charger.

Swiss power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 Plus abroad.When visiting Switzerland these instructions show how to power the iPhone 6 Plus using the standard Type J or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type J power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Swiss. When travelling to Switzerland from another country check the iPhone 6 Plus can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Switzerland

Can you use the iPhone 6 Plus in Switzerland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 6 Plus to a Swiss power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 6 Plus in Switzerland?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 Plus then the best travel charger for Switzerland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Swiss use two different standards of power outlets (J and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 6 Plus can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip to Switzerland or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online, the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

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 6 Plus, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Switzerland.
  • 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. This 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 more 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 6 Plus in Switzerland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 6 Plus using a Swiss power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus situated at the bottom of your iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet using a Lightning connector and a three pinned Type J power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 6 Plus using the Swiss power outlet you'll need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Start by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 large round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland 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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J 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