How to charge the iPhone 6 Plus when staying in Mexico

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Mexican power outlet and recharging the iPhone 6 Plus using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Mexican power outlet

When planning a trip to Mexico it can often be useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics like mobiles or laptop computers at your destination. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you could bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. If you are travelling to Mexico the following instructions show charging your iPhone 6 Plus using their Type B or A 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note that Type B plug outlets will be normally used by most Mexicans. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. Power sources change regionally so please read the WikiConnections global power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If your iPhone 6 Plus charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Mexico from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Mexico

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in Mexico?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 Plus in Mexico.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 6 Plus in Mexico?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Mexico to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Mexico (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 6 Plus can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors 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 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Mexico.
  • 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 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 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 charger for the iPhone 6 Plus in Mexico?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Mexican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from the Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Mexican power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into. Note that Type A electrical sockets might not be as common but still found in some hotels in Mexico.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus found at the bottom of your iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Mexican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power charger to power your iPhone 6 Plus from a Mexican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 Plus from the Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically supply this USB cable with your iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Mexican power outlet. The power supply (called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots parallel to each other where the twin plug outlet blades slide into with a hole below for the ground pin. Type B electrical sockets are the most common outlets found in Mexico.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus 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 phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters