Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPhone 5

Scottish power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when staying in Scotland.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPhone 5 when staying in Scotland using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Scottish plug outlet, the Scottish will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of countries. When travelling to Scotland from a different region ensure that your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Scotland

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Scotland?

You can use the iPhone 5 in Scotland.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Scotland?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 5 the best international travel adapter for Scotland is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your model of iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Scotland we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Scotland using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 5 in Scotland?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Scottish power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Scottish power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Scottish power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by three rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Scotland
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced £30-£35.
  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 price under £15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.