Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in South Korea

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5S from a South Korean power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power the iPhone 5S using a Type F Schuko power charger.

South Korean power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign 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 standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the iPhone 5S . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when you're going abroad.If you're staying in South Korea these instructions show charging the iPhone 5S by using the types F or C 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of South Koreans will normally use Type F plugs in their plug outlets. If you are visiting South Korea from another country make sure that the iPhone 5S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in South Korea

Can the iPhone 5S be used in South Korea?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a South Korean power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in South Korea?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 5S the best international travel adapter for South Korea is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. South Koreans use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here 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 South Korea

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting South Korea using type B American 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 South Korea.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in South Korea?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a South Korean power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with a South Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 5S from a South Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. The power supply (known as a Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. 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 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 5S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a South Korean power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a South Korean power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using the South Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two large adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect 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 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea - Wikipedia page about South Korea
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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