How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Afghanistan

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet and charging an iPad Air 2 using a Type F power charger.

Afghan power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Air 2 in Afghanistan. This guide was specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to power the iPad Air 2 abroad.When going to travel to Afghanistan this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPad Air 2 using their Type F or C Afghan 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover power sockets differ regionally so we suggest that you read the WikiConnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Afghanistan from a different country make sure that the iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure the iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit an Afghan destination such as Kabul or Kandahar refer to the Afghanistan Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Afghanistan

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Afghanistan by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Afghanistan?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel adapter for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Afghanistan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Afghanistan.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Afghanistan.
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Afghanistan?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet

Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 using the Afghan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghanistan Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_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 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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters