Charging the iPhone 6 Plus when planning a trip to Italy

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus from an Italian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter, how to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a 2 pin Schuko Type F power charger and how to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a 3 pin Type L power charger

Italian power outlet

Different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist visitors wanting to power their iPhone 6 Plus when travelling abroad.This page has step by step instructions which shows how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus when going to Italy using the types L, C or F 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Italians will use the Type L plug outlets. If visiting Italy from a different region please double check the iPhone 6 Plus can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 6 Plus was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your iPhone 6 Plus is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on travelling to somewhere like Rome we recommend reading the Italy Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Italy

Can you use the iPhone 6 Plus in Italy?

You can use the iPhone 6 Plus in Italy by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 Plus and visiting multiple countries the best international travel adapter for Italy to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets in Italy (L, C and F) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 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 6 Plus is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Italian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

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 these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Italy and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America visiting Italy.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Italy. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 Plus in Italy?

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

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus from an Italian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 6 Plus from 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 cable with the iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Italian 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, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from an Italian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus with an Italian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 6 Plus using the Italian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into along with a pair of two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus found at the bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type L USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 Plus with an Italian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from an Italian power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Start by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The hexagon shaped wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type L power outlet [8], looks like 3 large adjecent holes in a line. Note there are two types of Type L wall outlet rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus found at the bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Italy Wikipedia 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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, priced at around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / around C$15).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).