How to charge the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to Turkey

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPhone 5S with a Turkish power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power adapter and powering the iPhone 5S using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Turkish power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This page was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S abroad.This page contains a step by step guide which shows what you'll need to power the iPhone 5S when you're visiting Turkey by using their Type F or C Turkish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type F power outlets are typically used by a majority of Turks. When you are visiting Turkey from another country please check that your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Turkey

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Turkey?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 5S in Turkey by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S the best travel adapter for Turkey to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Turks use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Turkish trip. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Turkey

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Turkey 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Turkey.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Turkey.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5S in Turkey?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger to power the iPhone 5S with a Turkish power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5S using a Turkish power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5S).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Turkish power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Turkish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Turkish power outlet

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Turkish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type F power adapter to charge your iPhone 5S from a Turkish power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S using the Turkish power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. The recessed round wall outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power charger 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. Switch on the Turkish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Turkish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey - wikipedia web page about Turkey
  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