How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to Iraq

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your iPad from an Iraqi power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type D power adapter, recharging the iPad using a Type G power charger and powering the iPad using a Type C power charger

Iraqi power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad in Iraq. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad when they are travelling abroad.When you are travelling to Iraq this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad using the standard G, C or D type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are travelling to Iraq from another country please check that your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Iraq

Can the iPad be used in Iraq?

You can use the iPad in Iraq by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Iraq?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad the best international travel power adapter for Iraq is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Iraqis use three different types of plug sockets (types G, C and D) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your Iraqi trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Iraq

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Iraq and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Iraq using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Iraq.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Iraq?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from an Iraqi power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad from an Iraqi power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad using an Iraqi power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from an Iraqi power outlet

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

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad from an Iraqi power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using an Iraqi power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from an Iraqi power outlet

Powering the iPad with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad from an Iraqi power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad from the Iraqi power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. Firstly insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Iraqi power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [8], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq - Iraq wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters