How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in North Korea

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone from a North Korean power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone using a two pin Type A USB adapter and recharging the iPhone using a Type F power charger

North Korean power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone abroad.If you're travelling to North Korea these useful instructions show charging your iPhone using the standard types F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections global power connections guide where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If visiting North Korea from a different region check your iPhone can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.

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 North Korea

Can you use the iPhone in North Korea?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in North Korea by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in North Korea?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that North Koreans use (types F, A and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to North Korea. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both North Korea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting North Korea using type B American 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 the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting North Korea. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in North Korea?

Powering the iPhone with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using an Apple 30-pin connector and a Type A USB adapter to charge the iPhone with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone using a North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (technically known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the power charger 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 North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone from a North Korean power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone from a North Korean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. The plug supply (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from a North Korean power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone from a North Korean power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from the North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPhone.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two round holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger 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 North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from a North Korean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about North Korea
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costs between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under 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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 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).