How to charge the iPhone when staying in Uruguay

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger, charging the iPhone using a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter and charging the iPhone using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Uruguayan power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone in Uruguay. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when you're visiting abroad.If you're travelling to Uruguay the following instructions show charging your iPhone using their F, C, I or L type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Uruguayans normally use Type F plug outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary from region to region therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If travelling to Uruguay from another country please ensure that the iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the iPhone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan on visiting tourist destinations such as Montevideo or Salto refer to the Uruguay country Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Uruguay

Can the iPhone be used in Uruguay?

You can use the iPhone in Uruguay.

Uruguay

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Uruguay to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of power outlets in Uruguay (types F, C, I and L) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Uruguay using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Uruguay. [10]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Uruguay?

Charging the iPhone from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Uruguayan power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone from a Uruguayan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Uruguayan power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone from the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. This round wall supply (called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Uruguayan power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type L power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone from the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it into the Uruguayan power outlet. You can identify this hexagon shaped wall supply by 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note there are two different types of Type L plug outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Uruguay country Wikipedia page
  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, costs 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, priced around $5 USD (£5-£10 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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (under £30 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).