Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Romania

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Romanian power outlet and how to power the iPhone 5 using a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

Romanian power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5 when staying in Romania.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 5 when you're visiting Romania using the Type F or C Romanian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets differ depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Romania from another region ensure that your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check 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 being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Romania

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Romania?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Romania by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Romania?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 the best international travel charger for Romania to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Romanians use (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Romanian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Romania

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing 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 for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Romania.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Romania. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Romania?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Romanian power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with a Romanian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5 from a Romanian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically include the cable with the iPhone 5.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Romanian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Romanian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Romanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Romanian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 5 from the Romanian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Romanian power outlet. The circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Romanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Romania Wiki 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£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, under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £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, priced around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).