Charging the iPhone when visiting Chile

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPhone with a Chilean power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone using a Type L power charger.

Chilean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPhone when they are visiting Chile.This page is a guide demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your iPhone in Chile using their types L or C Chilean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type L power outlets are typically used by a majority of Chileans. If travelling to Chile from a different region check that the iPhone can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPhone is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Chile

Can you use the iPhone in Chile?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Chilean power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Chile?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Chile is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Chileans use (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however 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 is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Chile.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Chile?

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPhone with a Chilean power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone using a Chilean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Chilean power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone from a Chilean power outlet

Using an Apple 30-pin cable and a three pin Type L USB charger to power the iPhone with a Chilean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone from a Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 large round holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. There are two types of Type L plug supply rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Chilean 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 is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - wikipedia web page about Chile
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L 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