How to charge the iPhone 6 when planning a trip to Eritrea

Using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 6 with an Eritrean power outlet and how to power the iPhone 6 using a three pin Type L USB charger.

Eritrean power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 6 when you are going to Eritrea.This page contains a step-by-step guide showing what you'll need to power the iPhone 6 when you are in Eritrea using their types L or C Eritrean 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Eritrea from another country check your iPhone 6 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Eritrea

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Eritrea?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 6 to an Eritrean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 6 in Eritrea?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 6 and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Eritreans use (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPhone 6 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Eritrean trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 6 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Eritrea we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Eritrea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Eritrea using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 generous 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 Eritrea.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 6 in Eritrea?

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

Learn how to charge the iPhone 6 from an Eritrean power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 6 using an Eritrean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 6.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Eritrean power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Eritrean power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Eritrean power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 6 from an Eritrean power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type L power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 6 from an Eritrean power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 6.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter into the Eritrean power outlet. You can recognise the hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground. Note that there are two variations of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 your iPhone 6.
  4. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from an Eritrean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eritrea - wikipedia page about Eritrea
  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, priced under $15.
  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, priced at around $5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet, under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.