Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Andorra

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter and powering the iPad 3 using a Type F USB plug.

Andorran power outlet

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can power your indispensable gadgets like cell phones or tablets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which power supply is used in Andorra you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad 3. Various combinations of frequencies and standards 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 being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad 3 . These instructions have been specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad 3 abroad.If visiting Andorra these useful instructions show powering the iPad 3 by using their standard F or C type Andorran 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Andorrans will normally use Type F plugs in their wall outlets. When travelling to Andorra from a different country please check the iPad 3 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Andorra

Can you use the iPad 3 in Andorra?

You can connect the iPad 3 to an Andorran power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 3 then the best travel charger for Andorra to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Andorrans use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. 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 adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Andorran trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Andorra

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Andorra 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 Andorra using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Andorra.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Andorra?

Powering the iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 using the Andorran power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Andorran 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 3 is powering up taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type F USB charger to charge your iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from an Andorran power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into 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 Andorran power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with an Andorran power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra - Andorran country wikipedia page
  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