How to charge the iPad when visiting Syria

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPad from a Syrian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type L USB charger, charging the iPad using a two pin Type C USB charger and powering the iPad using a two pin Type E USB plug

Syrian power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad abroad.This step by step guide will show how to power your iPad when you're in Syria using their standard Type E, C or L 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Asia page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Syria from a different region please make sure your iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you intend to visit a Syrian city such as Aleppo we recommend reading the Syria Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Syria

Can the iPad be used in Syria?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Syria by using a power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Syria?

If travelling with more than just your iPad the best travel power adapter for Syria is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in Syria (types E, C and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Syria

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however 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 grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Syria and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Syria.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Syria.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Syria?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Syrian power outlet

Using an Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPad from a Syrian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Syrian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Syrian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Syrian power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type E power adapter to charge the iPad from a Syrian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad using a Syrian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad).
  2. First plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the Syrian power outlet. This circular plug supply, also known as the CEE 7/7 outlet, can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go plus a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Syrian power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Syrian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPad from a Syrian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type L USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad from the Syrian power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type L USB power adapter in the power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet (sometimes known as the Type L power outlet [8]) can be identified by the 3 circular adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. Please note there are two variations of Type L plug outlet rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Syrian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria - Syria Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters