How to charge the iPhone 5C when staying in Czech Republic

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Czech power outlet and charging the iPhone 5C using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger.

Czech power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 5C when going abroad.When visiting Czech Republic the following instructions show charging your iPhone 5C using their Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Czechs will typically use the Type E wall outlets. Most power supplies are different depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections global power connections list where you'll find a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Czech Republic from another country please ensure the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 5C came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on visiting a city such as Prague or Brno refer to the Wikipedia entry about Czech Republic [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Czech Republic

Can the iPhone 5C be used in Czech Republic?

You can connect the iPhone 5C to a Czech power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Czech Republic?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Czech Republic is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Czech Republic (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 5C is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Czech Republic. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5C 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 smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Czech Republic

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Czech Republic and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Czech Republic.
  • 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Czech Republic.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in Czech Republic?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Czech power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 5C from a Czech power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 5C using a Czech power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Czech power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes where the pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Czech power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a Czech power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5C with a Czech power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 5C from a Czech power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5C from the Czech power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This sunken round wall supply (called a Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Czech power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone 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 5C with a Czech power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic - Wikipedia entry about Czech Republic
  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, around £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, £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, priced £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.