Charging the iPhone 5C when planning a trip to Wales

How to connect a Welsh power outlet to the iPhone 5C

Welsh power outlet

When packing for a trip to Wales it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 5C. Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page contains useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to the iPhone 5C when you're visiting Wales using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. Most power is different from region to region therefore we suggest reading the Europe page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Wales from a different country please double check the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Wales

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Wales?

You can use the iPhone 5C in Wales by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Wales?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5C then the best travel power adapter for Wales is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Welsh trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Wales we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Wales.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Wales?

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPhone 5C with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5C from a Welsh power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The power outlet (sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 rectangular slots containing shutters in a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB power cord into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wales 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/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 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters