How to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when staying in North Korea

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus with a North Korean power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter, recharging the iPhone 6 Plus using a Type A power charger and recharging the iPhone 6 Plus using a Europlug Type C power charger

North Korean power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. When visiting North Korea the following instructions show charging your iPhone 6 Plus using their F, A or C type 220 volt 60Hz power outlets. When you are visiting North Korea from a different country double check your iPhone 6 Plus can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating 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 North Korea

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in North Korea?

You can connect the iPhone 6 Plus to a North Korean power outlet by using a power convertor.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in North Korea?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 Plus or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of wall outlets in North Korea (types F, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 6 Plus 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, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when 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 an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world 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 both North Korea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting North Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 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 North Korea. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in North Korea?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a North Korean power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB 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 your iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 6 Plus will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Europlug Type C power charger to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus using a North Korean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB 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 your iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 6 Plus will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus with a North Korean power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 6 Plus from the North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 6 Plus by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the North Korean power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - North Korean Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced at C$15-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 under 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 F power outlet
  9. 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, estimated price 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, estimated price under C$20.