Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to America

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 6 from an American power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type A USB adapter and powering the iPhone 6 using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

American power outlet

If planning a vacation it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. But by not knowing which power supply is being used you could pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to the iPhone 6. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help prepare visitors wanting to power their iPhone 6 abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to charge your iPhone 6 in America using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Americans will use the Type B power outlets. If your iPhone 6 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to America from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in America

Can you use the iPhone 6 in America?

You can use the iPhone 6 in America by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 in America?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 6 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for America to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Americans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 6 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your American trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we suggest buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for America

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to America using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 in America?

Powering the iPhone 6 with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 with an American power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from an American power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPhone 6.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the 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. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 6 from an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 6 from an American power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 6 from an American power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 6).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the American power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 6 from an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States - Wikipedia.org web page about America
  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