Charging the iPhone in New Zealand

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type I USB charger to recharge the iPhone with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone . This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when you are going to New Zealand.If you are going to New Zealand the following instructions show how to power the iPhone using the standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall outlet, the New Zealanders will use AS/NZS 3112 plugs for power outlets. Power sources vary from country to country so please read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions. When you are visiting New Zealand from another country please double check your iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPhone is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you plan to stay somewhere such as Auckland or Christchurch please read the New Zealand Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details.

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Charging the iPhone in New Zealand

Can you use the iPhone in New Zealand?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a New Zealand power outlet by using a power adaptor.

New Zealand

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in New Zealand?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone the best international travel charger for New Zealand is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred 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 countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both New Zealand 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to New Zealand using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 New Zealand. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in New Zealand?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone from a New Zealand power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type I power charger to recharge the iPhone from a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone using the New Zealand power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type I USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the mains USB 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 New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, around £20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced at around £5.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.