How to charge the iPhone when staying in Poland

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Polish power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone using a Type E power plug.

Polish power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to 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 in Poland. This page has been specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they can power the iPhone when going to Poland.When you're visiting Poland the following instructions show charging your iPhone using their Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Poles will typically use the Type E wall outlets. If visiting Poland from a different region check that your iPhone can be used with 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 stop the device from overloading when powering up.

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 the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Poland

Can the iPhone be used in Poland?

You can use the iPhone in Poland.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Poland?

If travelling with more than your iPhone then the best international travel power adapter for Poland to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Poland (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also 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 phones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies 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 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 Poland.
  • 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 and gives practically the same functionality as 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 Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Poland?

Charging the iPhone from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone from a Polish power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from the Polish power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically supply this cable with your iPhone).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This wall supply can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to power your iPhone from a Polish power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone from the Polish power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Type E power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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 Polish 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 mobile is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Poland
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, £5-£10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced around £5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.