Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Brazil

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 6 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power the iPhone 6 using a 3 pin Type N power charger.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics such as mobile phones and laptops that you'll be bringing along. By not knowing which power socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 6. Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This page contains a simple guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 6 when staying in Brazil using the types N or C 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type N power outlets will be used by a majority of Brazilians. If your iPhone 6 does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to Brazil from another region check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Brazil

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Brazil?

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

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Brazil is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Brazilians use two different types of power outlets (types N and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 6 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with 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 or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 6 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; 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.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Brazil.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Brazil.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 in Brazil?

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

Using a Lightning connector with a two pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 with a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 6 using the Brazilian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 6.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Brazilian power outlet. The power outlet, sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins. Prior to January 2010 buildings use this power supply.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB 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 Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 6 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Brazilian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 6 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type N USB charger to charge your iPhone 6 with a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 6 using the Brazilian power outlet you will need to use a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 6 by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type N USB power adapter into the Brazilian power outlet. This flattened hexagon shaped plug supply (sometimes called the Type N power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 large circular holes in a flattened triangle pattern. You will find that since January 2010 new buildings will be installed with this power outlet.
  3. Connect one 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 Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil - Brazil Wikipedia page
  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/typeN.htm - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N 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