Charging your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in New Zealand

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pinned Type I power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

If you are planning a vacation to New Zealand it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use any important gadgets that you are bringing with you. But by not knowing which power supply is used you could end up either over packing with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger when you need to recharge which could be incompatible and damage the device. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5C . If you're staying in New Zealand this page has instructions showing you charging the iPhone 5C using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I New Zealand power outlet, with the New Zealanders using AS/NZS 3112 plugs for power outlets. You'll find power sockets will change depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Oceania and power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting New Zealand from another country make sure the iPhone 5C can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in New Zealand

Can you use the iPhone 5C in New Zealand?

You can use the iPhone 5C in New Zealand.

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

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 5C the best international travel adapter for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 5C supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your New Zealand trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 New Zealand. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5C in New Zealand?

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

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 5C from a New Zealand power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type I USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5C using the New Zealand power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5C.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand 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, 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, 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 under C$20.