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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet and how to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a double pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Portuguese power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Portugal it's useful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 6 Plus in Portugal. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their iPhone 6 Plus when they are visiting abroad.When you are travelling to Portugal this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus by using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Portuguese. Power sockets differ depending on which area you visiting therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections global power sockets list for a complete list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Portugal from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 6 Plus can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 6 Plus came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPhone 6 Plus is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Portugal

Can you use the iPhone 6 Plus in Portugal?

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

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Portugal?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPhone 6 Plus the best travel power adapter for Portugal is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Portuguese use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 6 Plus can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an 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 different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Portugal and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Portugal using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Portugal. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Portugal?

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 6 Plus from the Portuguese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power adapter to charge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 6 Plus using the Portuguese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the USB cable is usually included with your iPhone 6 Plus by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Portugal Wikipedia web page
  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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under 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, estimated price 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).