Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Libya

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter, how to power the iPad 3 using a 2 pin Type C power adapter and how to power the iPad 3 using a 2 pin Type F power adapter

Libyan power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad 3 when staying in Libya.This page is a step by step guide which shows exactly how to charge the iPad 3 when you are visiting Libya using the types D, C, F or L 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad 3 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Libya from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. However be aware that Barca, Benghazi, Derna, Sabha and Tobruk will use a 230 volt power outlet instead of 110 volts. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Libya

Can you use the iPad 3 in Libya?

You can use the iPad 3 in Libya by using a power adaptor.

Libya

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 3 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Libya is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of wall outlets that Libyans use (types D, C, F and L) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can 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 then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Libyan 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 baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel 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, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Libya

The 4 port USB travel charger 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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Libya 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 visiting Libya.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico 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 Libya. [12]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Libya?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 with a Libyan power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Libyan 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 and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Libyan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type D USB charger to charge your iPad 3 with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using the Libyan power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the Libyan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using the Libyan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [8]) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 with a Libyan power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a Type L USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using the Libyan power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped plug supply by the three round holes forming a line. Note that there are two types of Type L wall outlet rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp wall outlet has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Libyan 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 and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Libyan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org web page about Libya
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$5).
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, estimated cost under $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).