Charging your iPhone 6 Plus from a power outlet in America

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus with an American power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a Type B USB plug.

American power outlet

Different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country if you've never visited before. This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 Plus when staying abroad.When you are travelling to America these instructions show powering the iPhone 6 Plus by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Americans. You'll find power supplies will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and North America page for a full list of countries. If the iPhone 6 Plus charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting America from another region please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in America

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in America?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 6 Plus to an American power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 6 Plus then the best international travel adapter for America is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in America (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 6 Plus supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for America

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country 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 strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both America 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting America using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 Plus in America?

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPhone 6 Plus with an American power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 6 Plus using the American power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is charging which should take between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type B power adapter to power the iPhone 6 Plus with an American power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus using the American power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the power supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 Plus screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.visittheusa.co.uk/ - Visit The USA
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters