How to charge the iPhone when staying in Reunion

How to connect a Reunionese power outlet to the iPhone

Reunionese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone in Reunion. This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone when you're visiting Reunion by using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type E Reunionese wall outlet, with the Reunionese using a CEE 7/5 French socket for charging. When you are visiting Reunion from a different country check your iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you intend to stay at a Reunionese place like Saint-Denis please read the Reunionese Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area.

This page details the iPhone first 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 you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Reunion

Can the iPhone be used in Reunion?

You can connect the iPhone to a Reunionese power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Reunion?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Reunion is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger 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 these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Reunion using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Reunion. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Reunion?

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Reunionese power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to power your iPhone from a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone using a Reunionese power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Reunionese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into along with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Reunionese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Reunionese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Reunionese Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).