How to charge the iPhone 6 from a power outlet in Spain

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 6 from a Spanish power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and powering the iPhone 6 using a Type F Schuko USB charger.

Spanish power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 when you're in Spain.If you're planning a vacation to Spain this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPhone 6 using their standard types F or C Spanish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Spaniards. When you are visiting Spain from another region please make sure your iPhone 6 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 6 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPhone 6 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Spain

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Spain?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 in Spain by using a power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 in Spain?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 6 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Spain to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Spaniards use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of iPhone 6 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 6 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with 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 around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Spain.
  • 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 flexible 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 Spain.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 in Spain?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Spanish power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 6 from a Spanish power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 6 from the Spanish power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the device.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Spanish power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Spanish power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Spanish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge the iPhone 6 with a Spanish power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 6 using the Spanish power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 6).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Spanish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain - Spain 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/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