Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Poland

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 5S from a Polish power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type C USB charger and charging the iPhone 5S using a double pinned Type E power adapter.

Polish power outlet

If packing for a trip to Poland it is useful to know if you can power all your devices such as mobiles and laptop computers when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is used in Poland you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you need it which might not be compatible. Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been specifically written to stop visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPhone 5S when they're travelling abroad.If planning a holiday to Poland this page contains instructions showing you charging the iPhone 5S using the Type E or C Polish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type E plug outlets will be used by a majority of Poles. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Poland from another country make sure the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Poland

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Poland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a Polish power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Poland?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Poland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Poland (E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

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 5S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 North America visiting Poland using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5S in Poland?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 5S from a Polish power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Polish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet is identified by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type E power adapter to charge your iPhone 5S with a Polish power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 5S using the Polish power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the two large round holes 19mm apart from each other plus a metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Poland
  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 cost 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 (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).