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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Air from an Eritrean power outlet and recharging the iPad Air using a 3 pinned Type L power plug.

Eritrean power outlet

Different combinations of standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines were written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPad Air when they're going to Eritrea.When going to Eritrea this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad Air by using the standard Type L or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Eritrea from another country please double check your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Air is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Eritrea

Can the iPad Air be used in Eritrea?

You can use the iPad Air in Eritrea by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Eritrea?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad Air the best travel power adapter for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Eritreans use (types L and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Eritrean trip. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Eritrea 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Eritrea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Eritrea?

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Air from an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air from the Eritrean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPad Air).
  2. First plug the Type C USB power adapter in the Eritrean power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from an Eritrean power outlet

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type L power charger to charge the iPad Air with an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air from an Eritrean power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally already supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Eritrean power outlet. The hexagon shaped power outlet, technically known as a Type L power outlet [6], looks like three holes forming a line. There are two types of Type L plug outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Eritrean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Eritrea Wikipedia page
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under 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 (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / around C$15).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).