How to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when staying in Ethiopia

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus using a Type C power plug and powering the iPhone 6 Plus using a two pinned Type E USB charger

Ethiopian power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 Plus when you're visiting abroad.The following step-by-step instructions shows you exactly how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus in Ethiopia by using the standard Type E, C, F or L Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Ethiopia from another country please ensure the iPhone 6 Plus can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 6 Plus originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the iPhone 6 Plus is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay at an Ethiopian destination like Addis Ababa please read the Ethiopian Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Ethiopia

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in Ethiopia?

You can connect the iPhone 6 Plus to an Ethiopian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Ethiopia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 Plus or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of power outlets in Ethiopia (types E, C, F and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

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 supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 6 Plus 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.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Ethiopia or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power 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 online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6 Plus, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters 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 Continental 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 Ethiopia using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 Ethiopia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Ethiopia?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 6 Plus from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 6 Plus by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 round adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is recharging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 6 Plus by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the CEE 7/7 plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian 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, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 6 Plus using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. The sunken circular power outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian 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, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 6 Plus from an Ethiopian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type L power charger to power your iPhone 6 Plus from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 6 Plus by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped plug outlet, technically known as the Type L power outlet [10], can be recognised by the three large round adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note there are two different types of Type L plug outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, costing under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).