How to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when planning a trip to Zambia

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Zambian power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type G power charger, charging the iPhone 6 Plus using a Europlug Type C USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus using a 3 pinned Type D power plug

Zambian power outlet

Different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone 6 Plus in Zambia. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their iPhone 6 Plus abroad.This page is a simple guide demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus when you are in Zambia by using their Type G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find a majority of Zambians will use Type G plug outlets. If travelling to Zambia from a different region check that the iPhone 6 Plus can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 6 Plus originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your iPhone 6 Plus is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Zambia

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in Zambia?

You can use the iPhone 6 Plus in Zambia by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of power outlets that Zambians use (types G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 6 Plus is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zambia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Zambia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Zambia?

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 6 Plus from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord 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 can be found at bottom of your iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 6 Plus screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 6 Plus using the Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 your iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 6 Plus will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power adapter to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 your iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 6 Plus will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Zambia Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, 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, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, C$15-C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated cost 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, costs under C$20.