Charging the iPhone 6 Plus when planning a trip to South Africa

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type M USB charger, recharging the iPhone 6 Plus using a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger and how to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a 2 pin Schuko Type F USB charger

South African power outlet

When packing for a trip to South Africa it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 6 Plus. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when you're visiting abroad.These step-by-step instructions will show you how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when you are travelling to South Africa using the types M, C, F or N 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of South Africans typically use Type M plugs in their wall outlets. If you are visiting South Africa from another country ensure that your iPhone 6 Plus can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPhone 6 Plus is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in South Africa

Can you use the iPhone 6 Plus in South Africa?

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

South Africa

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 6 Plus then the best travel charger for South Africa is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of wall outlets that South Africans use (M, C, F and N) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

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 switching the supplied 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 faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your South African 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. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger 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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids 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 South Africa.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 South Africa. [12]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 Plus in South Africa?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 Plus with a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus using the South African power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically supplied with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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 South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 Plus 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.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus with a South African power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. This sunken round power supply (known as a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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 South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 Plus 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 Plus with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus with a South African power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 6 Plus using the South African power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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 South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type N USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 Plus with a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus using the South African power outlet you will need to use a Type N USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type N USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped power supply by the three circular holes in a flattened triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB power cord into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a South African power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - South Africa 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, 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 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 C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, priced at C$15-C$20.
  10. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  11. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, priced C$15-C$20.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.