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

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Air from an Afghan power outlet and how to recharge the iPad Air using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page has been written to assist travellers wanting to power the iPad Air when abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when you're travelling to Afghanistan by using the standard types F or C Afghan 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Afghanistan from a different country double check your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend on visiting a place like Kabul we also suggest referring to the Wikipedia.org page about Afghanistan [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Afghanistan

Can you use the iPad Air in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Afghanistan.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Afghanistan (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Air at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

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 Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Afghanistan?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge the iPad Air with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Air from the Afghan power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Afghan power outlet

Powering the iPad Air with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with an Afghan power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air using an Afghan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPad Air).
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other and two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Wikipedia.org page 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters