How to charge your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Ukraine

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5S with a Ukrainian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 5S using a double pin Type F Schuko USB plug.

Ukrainian power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S when you're in going to Ukraine.This page contains step by step instructions showing you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Ukraine by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Ukraine from another country check your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to visit a Ukrainian place such as Kiev or Kharkiv please read the Ukraine country page on Wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Ukraine

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Ukraine?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Ukraine by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5S and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Ukraine to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Ukrainians use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 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 faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Ukrainian trip. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ukraine

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 5S, however for visitors 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 crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ukraine 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Ukraine 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 America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ukraine.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Ukraine?

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5S with a Ukrainian power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5S from the Ukrainian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically included with the iPhone 5S by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type C USB power adapter in the Ukrainian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger 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. Switch on the Ukrainian 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 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 a Ukrainian power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Ukrainian power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Ukrainian power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pinned Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5S using a Ukrainian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is normally supplied with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one 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 Ukrainian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Ukrainian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine - Ukraine country page on Wikipedia
  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