How to charge the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Austria

Using a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPhone 6 with an Austrian power outlet and powering the iPhone 6 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug.

Austrian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 6 when they are visiting Austria.If travelling to Austria the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 6 using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets will be normally used by most Austrians. When you are visiting Austria from another country please check that your iPhone 6 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Austria

Can the iPhone 6 be used in Austria?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 in Austria by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 6 in Austria?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 then the best travel adapter for Austria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Austrians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 6 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. 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 sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Austria we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below 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 Austria

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Austria using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost 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 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 Austria.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 6 in Austria?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPhone 6 with an Austrian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 from the Austrian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with your iPhone 6 by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. 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 mains 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 Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Austrian power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 6 with an Austrian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pinned Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 6 from an Austrian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Austrian power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 6 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Austrian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria - Wikipedia.org entry about Austria
  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