How to charge the iPhone 6 when staying in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPhone 6

Scottish power outlet

When planning a trip to Scotland it is useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics like mobiles or laptop computers at your destination. By not knowing which wall socket is used you could bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you get there. Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 6 when going abroad.This page contains a useful guide telling you what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 6 when you're travelling to Scotland by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish plug outlet, with the Scottish using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Power sources will change regionally so please read the WikiConnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Scotland from another country please ensure the iPhone 6 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you are planning on travelling to places such as Edinburgh or Ayrshire we suggest referring to the Scottish page on wikipedia.org [1] for further details on travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Scotland

Can the iPhone 6 be used in Scotland?

You can connect the iPhone 6 to a Scottish power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 6 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 6 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 6 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Scotland.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Scotland?

Powering the iPhone 6 with a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 6 from a Scottish power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 6 from a Scottish power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 3 slots in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Switch on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Scottish page on wikipedia.org
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, 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, between $5 to $10.
  6. 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.