Charging the iPad Air from a power outlet in Oman

Instructions showing how to power the iPad Air with an Omani power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type G power adapter and powering the iPad Air using a Type C Europlug power plug.

Omani power outlet

If planning a trip it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use your gadgets such as mobiles or tablets at your hotel. But, without knowing which wall socket is used in Oman you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible. Varying complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad Air . When you're planning a trip to Oman these useful instructions show how to power your iPad Air by using their types G or C Omani 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Omanis will use Type G plugs in their power outlets. When travelling to Oman from a different country ensure that your iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to stay in a tourist destination such as Muscat refer to the Wikipedia.org entry about Oman [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Oman

Can you use the iPad Air in Oman?

You can connect the iPad Air to an Omani power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air the best travel charger for Oman is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Oman (G and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad Air supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility 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 overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Oman

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Oman and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Oman.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Oman. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Oman?

Powering the iPad Air with an Omani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPad Air with an Omani power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air using an Omani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the Omani power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter 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. Turn on the Omani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with an Omani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Air from an Omani power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. To power the iPad Air using an Omani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Omani power outlet. The plug supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Omani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with an Omani power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Oman
  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, costs under $15 USD (£15-£20 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, around $15 USD (£15-£20 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).