iPhone Chargers - US vs UK

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  1. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    I'm trying to plan for a trip to the UK, and am trying to figure out how to charge my iPhone. Has anyone had experience with using a power converter (wall adapter) with the US iPhone plug and cable? My other option is a car charger - will that even work? Are the automotive power systems in the UK similar to those in the US? Thanks!
     
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    Buy a $3 plug adapter and use your US charger. You do not need a power converter.
     
  4. OllyW Moderator

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    The car charger is the same in the UK.
     
  5. Phil A. Moderator

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    The chargers in the UK and USA are actually identical (as they are worldwide) -it's just the plug attachment that's different, so it will work fine with a wall adapter such as this one (no need for a power converter), or you could just get a new UK plug for your existing charger (see here)

    As far as car electrics are concerned, we use 12v negative ground power over here in the UK, which I believe is the same as you have in the USA
     
  6. OllyW Moderator

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    The US iPhone charger is not the same as ours. It'll work with an adaptor though.

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  7. Black&Tan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great! Surprised at the number of replies within 15 minutes! I knew I could rely on my friends in the UK!

    I'll try to locate an adapter here in the US at one of the travel related shops, or order one online prior to our departure. It's the little details that tend to trip you up in the end.

    Looking forward to getting across the pond and enjoying a proper bitter!
     
  8. Phil A. Moderator

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    Oops, I forgot about the new iPhone adapters (was thinking about the iPad and laptop ones). Scratch what I said about just getting a plug!
     
  9. realbrandon macrumors member

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    I know MiLi has a universal charger that combines car and wall charger in one, and it comes with US, EU, UK, AU plugs. It's kind of expensive though, about $50 per piece, ouch!

     
  10. Black&Tan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, that's a bit pricey. Especially since we'll be charging two phones. Thanks to the responses in this thread, I've come to the realization that the charger is dual-voltage, 120 and 240. Plus, I'll bring along the car charger, I wasn't sure about that one....thanks Phil A.

    I think we'll be in good shape, as long as the weather cooperates...
     
  11. Badfoot macrumors 6502

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    Weather here (London) was 60 today and going higher tomorrow. How are you planning on using your phones ?, are they unlocked?
     

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