How to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when planning a trip to England

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a British power outlet.

British power outlet

When planning a vacation to England it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any gadgets when you get to your hotel. By not knowing which power supply is being used in England you could end up either over packing with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Complicated voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent visitors worrying if they can charge their iPhone 6 Plus abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 6 Plus in England by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type British wall outlet, with the Britons using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting England from another region please make sure your iPhone 6 Plus can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 6 Plus was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPhone 6 Plus is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to stay in a tourist destination like London or Manchester we also suggest referring to the wikipedia.org entry about England [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in England

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in England?

You can use the iPhone 6 Plus in England by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in England?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for England is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 6 Plus can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

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 6 Plus, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power converter for travellers originating from America going to England.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting England. [6]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in England?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a British power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a British power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 6 Plus from a British power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 3 rectangular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger 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 British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a British power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about England
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$5).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).