How to charge your iPhone 6 from a power outlet in Portugal

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 6 with a Portuguese power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 6 using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Portuguese power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. The following useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 6 when visiting Portugal by using the F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Portuguese will typically use the Type F plug outlets. When you are travelling to Portugal from another region please ensure 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) double check your iPhone 6 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Portugal

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Portugal?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 in Portugal.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Portugal?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Portugal to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Portuguese use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 6 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Portugal. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Portugal using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Portugal.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Portugal?

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

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 6 with a Portuguese power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 6 using the Portuguese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 6).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 6 from a Portuguese power outlet

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter to charge the iPhone 6 from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 6 using a Portuguese power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 6.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two round adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the power cable into the 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 Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 6 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Portuguese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal - Portuguese Wiki 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, estimated cost 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, priced at between $5 to $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under $15.