How to charge the iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Russia

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Russian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Russian power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 5S in Russia. If you're visiting Russia this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5S using their Type F or C Russian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note that Type F plug outlets are used by most Russians. You will find that most power supplies will change regionally so we recommend reading our Wikiconnections global power connections guide where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Russia from another country please double check your iPhone 5S can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Russia

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Russia?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Russian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Russia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S then the best travel charger for Russia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Russians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Russia. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Russia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Russia.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Russia?

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Russian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5S from a Russian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Russian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Russian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Russian power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Russian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other and two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning charging cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 5S from a Russian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia - Russian Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters