How to charge the iPhone 5S when staying in Spain

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a Spanish power outlet and charging the iPhone 5S using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Spanish power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. When visiting Spain the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5S using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F power outlets are used by most Spaniards. When you are visiting Spain from a different country double check your iPhone 5S can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Spain

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Spain?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Spanish power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Spain?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Spain is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Spaniards use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a multipurpose power charger like this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Spain

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Spain using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Spain.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5S in Spain?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Spanish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5S from a Spanish power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S from the Spanish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on your iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Spanish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Spanish power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Spanish power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 5S using a Spanish power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken round power supply (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Spanish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Spanish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain - wikipedia.org page about Spain
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters