Charging the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to New Zealand

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent visitors having to worry if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 abroad.If you're planning a trip to New Zealand this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPhone 5 by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet, the New Zealanders will use a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for wall outlets. If you are travelling to New Zealand from another region please check that the iPhone 5 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. If you plan to stay somewhere such as Auckland read the New Zealand country wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in New Zealand

Can you use the iPhone 5 in New Zealand?

You can use the iPhone 5 in New Zealand by using a power adaptor.

New Zealand

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in New Zealand?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your New Zealand trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to New Zealand we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

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 travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both New Zealand 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to New Zealand.
  • 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 much 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 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in New Zealand?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5 with a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 5 from a New Zealand power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 5).
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter into the New Zealand power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, under C$5.
  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, under C$15.
  6. 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.