Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Wales

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to power the iPhone with a Welsh power outlet.

Welsh power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been specifically written to stop travellers having to worry if they can charge the iPhone when they're travelling abroad.These step-by-step instructions will show exactly what you'll need to power the iPhone when you're visiting Wales using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type Welsh power outlet, with the Welsh using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. Most power will change depending on which region you are in so we suggest reading the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of countries. When visiting Wales from another region ensure that your iPhone can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device 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 up.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Wales

Can you use the iPhone in Wales?

You can use the iPhone in Wales.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Wales?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone then the best international travel adapter for Wales is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Welsh trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Wales we recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Wales and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 America visiting Wales using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Wales.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Wales?

Powering the iPhone with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPhone from a Welsh power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone using a Welsh power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by three rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Welsh Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters