How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Wales

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

Welsh power outlet

If packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your essential gadgets that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which power supply is being used you may bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 5S in Wales. This page has been specifically written to stop travellers needing to worry if they can power the iPhone 5S when going to Wales.When visiting Wales the following instructions show powering your iPhone 5S using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Welsh plug outlet, with the Welsh using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets vary from region to region therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power connections list where you'll find a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Wales from another region please make sure that your iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Wales

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Wales?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Welsh power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in Wales?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Wales is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

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 via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Wales.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in Wales?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Welsh power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a Welsh power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Welsh power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This power supply (called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Welsh power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Welsh 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