How to charge the iPad 2 when visiting Greece

A guide showing you how to power your iPad 2 with a Greek power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type F power adapter.

Greek power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page contains step-by-step instructions which shows exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 2 when travelling to Greece by using their Type F or C Greek 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Greeks normally use the Type F sockets in their plug outlets. When travelling to Greece from another country double check the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Greece

Can the iPad 2 be used in Greece?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Greece.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Greece?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 the best travel power adapter for Greece is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Greeks use (F 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 that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. Due to 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 tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Greece

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Greece using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Greece. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Greece?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Greek power outlet

A guide showing you how to power your iPad 2 with a Greek power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 2 using the Greek power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by 2 holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Greek power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Greek power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a Greek power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A guide on how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Greek power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type F power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Greek power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Greek power outlet. The round plug outlet (sometimes called a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Greek power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Greek power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Greece
  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 around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).