Charging the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Colombia

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to recharge your iPhone 6 with a Colombian power outlet and charging the iPhone 6 using a Type B USB plug.

Colombian power outlet

Differing voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 when travelling abroad.This page has simple instructions showing you how to supply power to the iPhone 6 when you're travelling to Colombia using the Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 6 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Colombia from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 6 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to stay in a place like Bogotá or MedellĂ­n we also suggest reading the Wikipedia entry about Colombia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Colombia

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Colombia?

You can use the iPhone 6 in Colombia.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 6 the best international travel adapter for Colombia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Colombians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

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 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Colombian trip 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 fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPhone 6 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up 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 countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Colombia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 Colombia.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 6 in Colombia?

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

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to recharge your iPhone 6 with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from a Colombian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include this cable with the iPhone 6).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Colombian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 6 from a Colombian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 6 from a Colombian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the cable with the iPhone 6).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the power outlet by the two slots next to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  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. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6.
  4. Turn on the Colombian 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 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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