How to charge the iPhone 6 from a power outlet in Principe

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 6 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and charging the iPhone 6 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 6 abroad.When going to Principe this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 6 using the standard types F or C Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Principe from a different region double check the iPhone 6 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure the iPhone 6 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. If you plan on travelling to a place like Santo António please refer to the Principe Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Principe

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Principe?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 in Principe by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Principe?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Principe is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Prinicipians use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 6 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

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 6, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Principe and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Principe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective 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 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Principe.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Principe?

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 6 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 using the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 6.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Prinicipe power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power 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. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 6 will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 6 from a Prinicipe power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 6 from a Prinicipe power outlet using the Lightning Apple cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 using a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with the iPhone 6 by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This recessed circular power supply (known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Prinicipe 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 6 is recharging which takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 6 from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Principe 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, estimated price under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-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 at around $5 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$130-C$140).
  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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).