How to charge your iPhone 6 from a power outlet in North Korea

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 6 from a North Korean power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger, how to charge the iPhone 6 using a double pin Type A USB adapter and charging the iPhone 6 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter

North Korean power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 6 when you're travelling abroad.When you're travelling to North Korea this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 6 using their standard types F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll discover most power sockets change regionally so we suggest that you read the WikiConnections world power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting North Korea from a different country make sure that the iPhone 6 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPhone 6 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you are planning to visit a North Korean destination like Pyongyang or Hamhung refer to the North Korean country Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in North Korea

Can the iPhone 6 be used in North Korea?

You can connect the iPhone 6 to a North Korean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in North Korea?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 then the best travel charger for North Korea is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of plug sockets that North Koreans use (types F, A and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 6 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to North Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in North Korea?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a North Korean power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 6 with a North Korean power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 6 from the North Korean power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 6.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This wall outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains 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 North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 6 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a North Korean power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 6 from a North Korean power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 6 from the North Korean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 6.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This wall outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug or Type C power outlet [6], is recognised by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning cord into the USB mains charger 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. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 6 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a North Korean power outlet

Powering the iPhone 6 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 6 from a North Korean power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 6 using a North Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 6).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The recessed circular power supply (called a Schuko outlet) can be identified by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go along with metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the bottom of the USB power charger 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. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea - North Korean country 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, between $10 to $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, between $5 to $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, priced between $10 to $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $10 to $15.