Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Belgium

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPhone 6 with a Belgian power outlet using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and how to power the iPhone 6 using a 2 pin Type E USB charger.

Belgian power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Belgium it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets when you're there. Without knowing which plug socket is used you could pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to the iPhone 6. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. If visiting Belgium these instructions show powering the iPhone 6 by using their standard E or C type Belgian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type E wall outlets are normally used by most Belgians. If you are visiting Belgium from another country make sure the iPhone 6 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 6 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Belgium

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Belgium?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 6 to a Belgian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 6 in Belgium?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Belgians use (E and C) and bringing 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 it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included heads over. If your type of iPhone 6 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 6 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

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 6, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Belgium using 3 pin 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 gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 Belgium.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 6 in Belgium?

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPhone 6 with a Belgian power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from a Belgian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 6).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Belgian power outlet. The wall outlet, also called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 6 from a Belgian power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 6 from a Belgian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type E power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 6 from a Belgian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the cable with the iPhone 6).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Belgian power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins plus one long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 6 from a Belgian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium - Belgian country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters