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

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5S from a Scottish power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

Scottish power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Scotland it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your essential electronics like mobile phones and cameras when you're there. But without knowing which wall socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPhone 5S abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 5S in Scotland by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type Scottish wall outlet, the Scottish will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When visiting Scotland from another country please check your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Scotland

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Scotland?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Scotland by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Scottish trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Scotland and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 visiting Scotland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Scotland.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Scottish power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 5S from a Scottish power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 5S using a Scottish power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPhone 5S by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Scottish power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three vertical slots with shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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 Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Scottish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia page about Scotland
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters