Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Afghanistan

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPad 4 from an Afghan power outlet and how to power the iPad 4 using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

Afghan power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad 4 . The following useful guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPad 4 when staying in Afghanistan using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Afghanistan from another region make sure your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on travelling to an Afghan place like Kabul or Kandahar we also suggest reading the Wikipedia entry about Afghanistan [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Afghanistan

Can you use the iPad 4 in Afghanistan?

You can use the iPad 4 in Afghanistan by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Afghanistan?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 4 then the best travel charger for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Afghan trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Afghanistan we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Afghanistan using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives almost 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 just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Afghanistan?

Charging the iPad 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPad 4 from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 4 using the Afghan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Afghan power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 4 using an Afghan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins slide into along with thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 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 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