Charging your iPhone 6 from a power outlet in Italy

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge your iPhone 6 from an Italian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Schuko Type F power adapter, how to charge the iPhone 6 using a Type C Europlug power plug and powering the iPhone 6 using a 3 pin Type L USB plug

Italian power outlet

If organizing a trip it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use your vital devices like mobiles and laptops when you arrive. However by not knowing which power socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive charger on arrival. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 6 . If you're visiting Italy the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPhone 6 by using the Type L, C or F Italian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type L wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Italians. You will discover power will differ regionally therefore we recommend reading the Europe and power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Italy from another country double check the iPhone 6 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPhone 6 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Italy

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Italy?

You can connect the iPhone 6 to an Italian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 in Italy?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Italy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Italians use three different types of power outlets (L, C and F) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPhone 6 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to 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 overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest buying a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 North America going to Italy.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Italy.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 in Italy?

Powering the iPhone 6 with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 6 with an Italian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pin Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 6 using an Italian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPhone 6.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Italian power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Italian power outlet

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge your iPhone 6 from an Italian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 6 from an Italian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two large adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is powering up which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Italian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 with an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge the iPhone 6 from an Italian power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type L USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 using an Italian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by the 3 large circular holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. You'll find there are two types of Type L power supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug supply has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy - Italy wikipedia 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters