Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in France

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus from a French power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger and powering the iPhone 6 Plus using a Type E USB adapter.

French power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone 6 Plus in France. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 Plus abroad.This step by step guide will show how to power your iPhone 6 Plus when you're travelling to France using their standard types E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of French will typically use Type E wall outlets. When you are travelling to France from another country please check your iPhone 6 Plus can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 6 Plus is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in France

Can you use the iPhone 6 Plus in France?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 6 Plus to a French power outlet.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in France?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for France to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. French use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 6 Plus can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 6 Plus at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to France we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for France

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6 Plus, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to France using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating 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 just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting France. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in France?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus with a French power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus from the French power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains 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 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Switch on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a French power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type E USB charger to power the iPhone 6 Plus with a French power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 Plus using the French power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically supplied with the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the French power outlet. This sunken circular power supply, also known as the CEE 7/7 outlet, can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains 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 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Switch on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 Plus from a French power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about France
  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, 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 E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced at 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, under C$20.