Charging the iPad 4 when visiting Eritrea

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 with an Eritrean power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger and charging the iPad 4 using a Type L USB adapter.

Eritrean power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.The following instructions will show you what you'll need to power the iPad 4 when you're visiting Eritrea by using their Type L or C Eritrean 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power supplies are different depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections world power supplies list for a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. If you are visiting Eritrea from a different region please ensure your iPad 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Eritrea

Can you use the iPad 4 in Eritrea?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to an Eritrean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Eritrea?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Eritreans use two different standards of power outlets (L and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of 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 just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using 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 grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Eritrea using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Eritrea?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Eritrean power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 with an Eritrean power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 4 using an Eritrean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Eritrean power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Eritrean power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type L USB charger to recharge the iPad 4 with an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 4 using an Eritrean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad 4).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the hexagon shaped plug outlet by three large circular holes in a line. You'll find there are two different types of Type L power supply rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Eritrean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Eritrea
  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, estimated cost around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$25).
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).