How to charge the iPhone 6 when staying in New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the iPhone 6

New Zealand power outlet

When planning a trip to New Zealand it's helpful to know if you can power your vital electronics like mobiles or laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 6 in New Zealand. If you are going to travel to New Zealand the following instructions show charging your iPhone 6 using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type power outlet, the New Zealanders will use AS/NZS 3112 plugs for power outlets. When you are visiting New Zealand from a different country check your iPhone 6 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the 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 being damaged during charging. If you are planning on visiting tourist destinations such as Auckland or Christchurch refer to the New Zealand page on wikipedia.org [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in New Zealand

Can the iPhone 6 be used in New Zealand?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 in New Zealand.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in New Zealand?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 6 and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 6 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting 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 travellers to regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in New Zealand?

Powering the iPhone 6 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 6 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type I power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 6 from the New Zealand power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically supply this USB cable with your iPhone 6.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the New Zealand power outlet. The power supply (called a Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by three thin slots forming a triangular pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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 New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand - New Zealand 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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I 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. 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.