Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Netherlands

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone from a Dutch power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter and how to power the iPhone using a Type F USB plug.

Dutch power outlet

If planning a vacation it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or cameras when you're there. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you could pack the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible and cause problems with your iPhone. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. If you're visiting Netherlands these instructions show powering the iPhone by using their standard F or C type Dutch 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets will be used by a majority of Dutch. You'll discover that power supplies are different depending on which region you are in therefore we recommend reading the Europe page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Netherlands from a different region make sure your iPhone can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you intend on staying in a destination such as Amsterdam we suggest reading the Wikipedia.org web page about Netherlands [1] for more details.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Netherlands

Can you use the iPhone in Netherlands?

You can use the iPhone in Netherlands by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Netherlands?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Netherlands to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Dutch use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Dutch trip. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online - the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

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 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Netherlands and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter 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 Netherlands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Netherlands?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Dutch power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone with a Dutch power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using the Dutch power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Dutch power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) can be identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Dutch 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 typically takes roughly 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Dutch power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone from a Dutch power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Dutch power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from a Dutch power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone from a Dutch power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Netherlands
  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 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, 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, costs under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$20.