Charging the iPad 3 from a power outlet in Afghanistan

Simple instructions showing how to power the iPad 3 from an Afghan power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power charger and charging the iPad 3 using a two pin Type F power adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you are abroad.When you are staying in Afghanistan the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad 3 by using their standard F or C type Afghan 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Afghanistan from a different region make sure your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Afghanistan

Can the iPad 3 be used in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to an Afghan power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Afghanistan?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad 3 the best international travel adapter for Afghanistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Afghanistan (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Afghan trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

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 3, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Afghanistan?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Afghan power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to power the iPad 3 from an Afghan power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 3 from an Afghan power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable when you buy your iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Afghan power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Afghan power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge the iPad 3 with an Afghan power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using an Afghan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad 3).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Afghan power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 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/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 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