Charging the iPhone 6 when visiting Benin

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 6 from a Beninese power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type C power adapter and how to charge the iPhone 6 using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Beninese power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop people having to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 6 when they are travelling abroad.When visiting Benin these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 6 using the standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find power changes depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Africa page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Benin from a different country please ensure that your iPhone 6 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 6 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPhone 6 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on taking a trip to a place like Cotonou we also recommend referring to the Benin country Wiki page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Benin

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Benin?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 6 in Benin?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets that Beninese use (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 6 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 compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Benin.
  • 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 is a much cheaper 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 Benin.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 6 in Benin?

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

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge your iPhone 6 from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 6 using a Beninese power outlet you will 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.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 situated at the bottom of your iPhone 6.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Beninese power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB charger to power the iPhone 6 with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 6 from the Beninese power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with your iPhone 6 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Beninese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 6 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Benin country Wiki 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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (around £4 GBP / under C$140).
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, estimated price around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).