How to charge the iPhone 5 when planning a trip to Austria

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5 with an Austrian power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a Type F power adapter.

Austrian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when you are visiting Austria.When you are travelling to Austria this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5 by using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by most Austrians. When visiting Austria from another country please double check your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure 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 overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Austria

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Austria?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to an Austrian power outlet.

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

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Austria is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets in Austria (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Austria and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Austria using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 Austria. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Austria?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Austrian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 5 with an Austrian power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 5 from an Austrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable with your iPhone 5).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from an Austrian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5 with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger to power the iPhone 5 with an Austrian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5 using the Austrian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 5.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular plug supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Austria Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs 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, estimated cost around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.