Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Latvia

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 6 with a Latvian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger and how to power the iPhone 6 using a 2 pin Schuko Type F power charger.

Latvian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. If you're visiting Latvia the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPhone 6 by using their standard F or C type Latvian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Latvia from another region make sure that the iPhone 6 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 6 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Riga we also suggest reading the Latvian country wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Latvia

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Latvia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 6 to a Latvian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 6 in Latvia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 6 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets that Latvians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 6 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we suggest buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Latvia.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 6 in Latvia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Latvian power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 6 with a Latvian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 using the Latvian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 6.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Latvian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from a Latvian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 6).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvia - Latvian country wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters