Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Estonia

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 from an Estonian power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C power charger and charging the iPhone 5 using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Estonian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. If travelling to Estonia this page has useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 5 by using their Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If visiting Estonia from a different region please double check the iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on taking a trip to an Estonian city like Tallinn or Tartu read the Estonia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Estonia

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Estonia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to an Estonian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Estonia?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Estonia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets that Estonians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Estonia we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Estonia

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 5, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Estonia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Estonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Estonia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Estonian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 5 from an Estonian power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Estonian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically include the cable with the iPhone 5).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Estonian power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Estonian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 5 from an Estonian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from an Estonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Estonia 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, C$10-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, costing 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, costs under C$20.