Charging the iPhone when visiting Romania

A guide showing how to power the iPhone with a Romanian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter and how to charge the iPhone using a two pinned Type F power plug.

Romanian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the iPhone when they are staying abroad.When you're visiting Romania this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPhone by using the F or C type Romanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Romania from a different region make sure the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on staying in a place like Bucharest we also recommend referring to the Romanian Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on the location.

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

Charging the iPhone in Romania

Can you use the iPhone in Romania?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Romania?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best travel adapter for Romania to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Romanians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Romania

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Romania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 more 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 Romania. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Romania?

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

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

  1. In order to power the iPhone using the Romanian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord 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 Romanian 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 should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Romanian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to power the iPhone with a Romanian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone using a Romanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Romanian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  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. Turn on the Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Romanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Romanian Wikipedia web page
  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 (around £10 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, priced around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, 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, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).