How to charge the iPhone when visiting Latvia

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone with a Latvian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone using a Type F power charger.

Latvian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPhone when abroad.When visiting Latvia this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPhone by using the F or C type Latvian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Latvia from another country please check your iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.

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 you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Latvia

Can the iPhone be used in Latvia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Latvia by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone in Latvia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone the best international travel charger for Latvia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Latvians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers for your trip to Latvia or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Latvia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Latvia.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone in Latvia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Latvian power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone from a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone using a Latvian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB charger 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Latvian power outlet

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

A guide on how to charge the iPhone from a Latvian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable with a two pin Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone using the Latvian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Latvian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Latvia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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 (£5-£10 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 under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 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).