Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Afghanistan

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 with an Afghan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C power adapter and how to charge the iPad 2 using a Type F USB charger.

Afghan power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prepare travellers wanting to power the iPad 2 when they're staying in Afghanistan.When you are visiting Afghanistan the following instructions show how to power your iPad 2 by using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Afghanistan from another region please check the iPad 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Afghanistan

Can the iPad 2 be used in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to an Afghan power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Afghanistan?

When travelling with more than your iPad 2 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Afghan trip. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Afghanistan we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 2, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Afghanistan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Afghanistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Afghanistan?

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 with an Afghan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 2 from the Afghan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy your iPad 2).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Afghan power outlet. The power supply (called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an Afghan power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 2 with an Afghan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPad 2 from an Afghan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with the iPad 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin pins go along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an Afghan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - wikipedia entry about Afghanistan
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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/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