How to charge the iPhone from a power outlet in England

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to power your iPhone from a British power outlet.

British power outlet

Varying complicated 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 guide was specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their iPhone when going to England.If you are visiting England this page contains instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type British wall outlet, with the Britons using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power connections list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to England from another region double check your iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device 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 during charging.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in England

Can the iPhone be used in England?

You can connect the iPhone to a British power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in England?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best international travel charger for England is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad 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 on a regular basis 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 England

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 those 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 travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both England and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting England.
  • 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 gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting England. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in England?

Powering the iPhone with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone from a British power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone using a British power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the British power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the 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. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - British Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  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 (£5-£10 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, estimated price around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).