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

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 6 with a Mexican power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to charge the iPhone 6 using a Type B power adapter.

Mexican power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 6 in Mexico. When staying in Mexico these useful instructions show charging your iPhone 6 using the standard types B or A Mexican 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Mexicans normally use the Type B wall outlets. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. Power sources will change regionally therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide for a full list showing regions. If your iPhone 6 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Mexico from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning on taking a trip to places such as Mexico City or Zacatecas please read the Visit Mexico Web Site [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Mexico

Can the iPhone 6 be used in Mexico?

You can connect the iPhone 6 to a Mexican power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 in Mexico?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 6 the best travel charger for Mexico is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Mexicans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 6 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Mexico. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger 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.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Mexico.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Mexico.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 in Mexico?

Charging the iPhone 6 from a Mexican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 6 with a Mexican power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 using a Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 6.
  2. Firstly insert the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go. Be aware that Type A power outlets are less common but still found in some hotels in Mexico.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the 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. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 from a Mexican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 6 from a Mexican power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 6 using a Mexican power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 6.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. This wall supply (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by 2 slots parallel to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the slightly longer ground pin. The most frequently found sockets in Mexico are Type B electrical sockets.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is charging which should take around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.visitmexico.com/en - Visit Mexico Web Site
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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