Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Puerto Rico

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter and charging the iPhone 6 using a Type B USB plug.

Puerto Rican power outlet

If you are planning to travel it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you're there. But by not knowing which power supply is used in Puerto Rico you may pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 6. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist visitors wanting to power their iPhone 6 when staying in Puerto Rico.This page is a step by step guide which shows how to charge the iPhone 6 when you are travelling to Puerto Rico using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets will be normally used by a majority of Puerto Ricans. If your iPhone 6 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 6 is dual voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay in a tourist destination such as San Juan or Aguadilla we also suggest reading the Wikipedia.org web page about Puerto Rico [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Puerto Rico

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Puerto Rico?

You can use the iPhone 6 in Puerto Rico by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 in Puerto Rico?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 the best international travel adapter for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Puerto Ricans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads. If your iPhone 6 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Puerto Rican trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPhone 6 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving 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 tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world 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 converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Puerto Rico.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 in Puerto Rico?

Charging the iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 6.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from a Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone 6).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the two slots next to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger 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 Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico - Wikipedia.org web page about Puerto Rico
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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