Charging the iPhone 5 when visiting Poland

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 5 from a Polish power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 5 using a double pinned Type E power plug.

Polish power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 5 when they are going to Poland.When visiting Poland these instructions show how to power the iPhone 5 using the standard E or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Poles will normally use Type E wall outlets. If travelling to Poland from another region check that the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPhone 5 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Poland

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Poland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Polish power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 then the best travel charger for Poland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Poles use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 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 iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Poland 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 America visiting Poland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 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 Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5 in Poland?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 5 from a Polish power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 using a Polish power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 5).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called a Europlug, is identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the charging cable into the mains USB charger 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. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge. [AD]
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Polish power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB charger to power the iPhone 5 with a Polish power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 5 from a Polish power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the Polish power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the 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 Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Polish 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.
  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.
  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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.