How to charge your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Romania

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 5S with a Romanian power outlet and recharging the iPhone 5S using a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger.

Romanian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5S abroad.The following simple guide will show you how to power the iPhone 5S when you're visiting Romania by using their F or C type Romanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover most power supplies will change depending on which area you taking a trip to therefore we recommend reading our Wiki Connections world power supplies list where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If you are visiting Romania from a different country ensure the iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you are planning to visit a Romanian city such as Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca we also suggest referring to the Romania Wikipedia page [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Romania

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Romania?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Romania by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Romania?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5S and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Romania to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of power outlets that Romanians use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Romanian trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Romania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied 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 visiting Romania 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Romania.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Romania?

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Romanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 5S from a Romanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S from the Romanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 5S).
  2. First plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Romanian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Romanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Romanian power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S from a Romanian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5S from a Romanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5S.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular plug outlet (called the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Romanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romania - Romania 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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