Charging the iPad in Oman

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad with an Omani power outlet and recharging the iPad using a two pinned Type C power plug.

Omani power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to Oman it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any vital devices when you're there. By not knowing which power socket is being used in Oman you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there that could be incompatible. Varying complicated voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.The following step-by-step guide shows exactly how to supply power to your iPad when staying in Oman by using their types G or C Omani 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Omanis typically use Type G wall outlets. When travelling to Oman from another region make sure that the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. 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 Oman

Can you use the iPad in Oman?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to an Omani power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Oman?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad the best international travel charger for Oman to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Omanis use two different standards of plug sockets (types G and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Omani trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad at the airport or on a flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Oman

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Oman.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Oman. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Oman?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from an Omani power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad with an Omani power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad using an Omani power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Omani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from an Omani power outlet

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

A guide on how to charge the iPad from an Omani power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable and a Type C power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad using an Omani power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply (known as the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) is identified by 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Omani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from an Omani power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Omani page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$20).
  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 C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).