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Portable charger

I'm sorry if this has been asked before. I tried searching

I have been to Italy numerous times and am aware of the voltage difference. I normally charge my iPhone/iPad etc without issue with a plug adapter

I have a portable charger that I use my iPhone plug to charge. Will I be able to recharge it the same way with a plug adapter or will it blow up if I charge it there. ?????

Thank you!!!

Posted by
2711 posts

Mine is a Morphie and it charged up just fine, so I suspect any such charger will be fine.

Posted by
21169 posts

The key to this question and all the other like, "What does the input line voltage state?" Something like 110v-250v you good to go. Only 120v - that is a problem. May not blow up but may melt.

Posted by
5652 posts

See Rick Steves FAQ Tip:

Today's gadgets are "dual voltage," which means they work on both
American and European current. If you see a range of voltages printed
on the item or its plug (such as "110–220"), you're OK in Europe.

If you have an Apple iPhone and are using it's rated power adapter, you will only need a plug adaptor to match the country's electrical outlet.

iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad mini
(5W USB Power Adapter)
Input: 100-240V 50/60Hz
Output: 5V at 1 Amp (DC)

I expect that an iPhone 7 would be the same or similar.

Power demand for iPads and similar are higher. For example,
iPad with Retina display
12W USB Power Adapter
Input: 100-240V 50/60Hz
Output: 5.2V 2.4 Amp (DC)

In all cases, the Apple power units are rated for 100-240vdc at 50 or 60 Hz. Only plug adapter to match the power outlet.

Posted by
17940 posts

I have a portable charger that I use my iPhone plug to charge. Will I
be able to recharge it the same way with a plug adapter

If the portable charger is an Apple one, it will surely work on European voltages with just a plug adapter. Even if not, virtually every USB charger made today is multi-voltage (100-240 VAC).

Technically, a device that says 100-240 VAC is MULTI-VOLTAGE not dual voltage. It accepts a full spectrum of voltages from 100 VAC to 240 VAC (probably more and less), not just two voltages. A true "dual voltage device" accepted one voltage, like 120 VAC, with the elements in parallel, or 240 VAC, with the elements in series. For the most part, dual voltage devices went out with Traveler's Cheques.

Posted by
9643 posts

I'm guessing you mean a backup battery?

It will probably be fine, Why don't you tell us which one you have (make, model) and one of us can look it up for you.

Posted by
6518 posts

I have never had any problem charging my iPhone( 4,6,6s) or iPad anywhere in Europe( or the rest of the world.) All you need is a two post plug adapter.

Posted by
31271 posts

As others have mentioned, it would help if you could clarify exactly what type of "portable charger" you're referring to? Your description sounds like a battery model. What brand is it, and how do you charge it at home? With more information, it would be easier to provide more specific suggestions.

Posted by
25592 posts

If you normally charge it by USB then any USB source in Europe will work too. Take your usual iPhone charger and its Lightning or 20 pin connector cable, and the micro USB cable you normally charge the charger with and alternate them.

Now, if this device of yours has some proprietary charging scheme all bets are off......

Posted by
3 posts

Take also into account that most of the non-official Apple chargers don't regulate the current flow, so you could have problems if the V difference is greater than some threshold.