Charging your iPhone 5C from a power outlet in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPhone 5C

Scottish power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Scotland it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible. Differing frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 5C when travelling to Scotland by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Scottish using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If visiting Scotland from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5C can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5C originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in Scotland

Can you use the iPhone 5C in Scotland?

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

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Scotland?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 5C and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 5C can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 5C at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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 5C, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Scotland using 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 originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5C in Scotland?

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 5C from a Scottish power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 5C using a Scottish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone 5C).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Scottish power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5C with a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - 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, around £30.
  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, £10-£15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around £10.