Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in Croatia

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with a Croatian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

Croatian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone 5S . These step by step instructions will show how to power your iPhone 5S when you are visiting Croatia using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are in therefore we suggest reading the World power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Croatia from another country please check the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Croatia

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Croatia?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Croatian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Croatia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S and visiting multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Croatia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Croatians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Croatia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Croatia and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Croatia.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Croatia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5S in Croatia?

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Croatian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with a Croatian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S from a Croatian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Croatian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which takes around 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Croatian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Croatian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Croatian power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from the Croatian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually include the cable when you buy the iPhone 5S.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the Croatian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Croatian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Croatian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Croatia
  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, estimated price around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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 at between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).