Charging the iPhone from a power outlet in Russia

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone with a Russian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger and how to charge the iPhone using a Type F power adapter.

Russian power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. If travelling to Russia the following instructions show how to power the iPhone by using the Type F or C Russian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Russians will normally use Type F power outlets. When travelling to Russia from another region make sure the iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPhone is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging.

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Charging the iPhone in Russia

Can you use the iPhone in Russia?

You can connect the iPhone to a Russian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone and visiting multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Russia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in Russia (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters for your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Russia using type B US 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 North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Russia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Russia?

Powering the iPhone with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone from a Russian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone using a Russian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Russian power outlet. The plug supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter 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 Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type F USB adapter to power the iPhone with a Russian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone from a Russian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Russian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Russian country entry on wikipedia
  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, around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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, costing 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).