How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in Iceland

Instructions on how to power your iPhone from an Iceland power outlet using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger and recharging the iPhone using a Type F power adapter.

Iceland power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone abroad.If you are visiting Iceland these useful instructions show charging your iPhone by using the standard types F or C Iceland 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Icelanders. Most power sockets will vary from country to country therefore please read the power supplies and Europe page for a complete list of countries. If travelling to Iceland from another region check your iPhone can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when charging it.

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 have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Iceland

Can you use the iPhone in Iceland?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Iceland by using the correct power convertor.

Iceland

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Iceland?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best international travel charger for Iceland is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Icelanders use (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Iceland

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Iceland 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Iceland using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Iceland. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Iceland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Iceland power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPhone from an Iceland power outlet using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone from the Iceland power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power 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 Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Iceland power outlet

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

A page on how to power the iPhone with an Iceland power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable and a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone using an Iceland 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 include this cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Iceland power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go along with grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into 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. Switch on the Iceland 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 mobile is charging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Iceland
  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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, 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, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-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 (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).