How to charge your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Russia

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 4 with a Russian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPad 4 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Russian power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. When you're travelling to Russia this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPad 4 using their Type F or C Russian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Russians use the Type F wall outlets. When you are visiting Russia from a different country ensure the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Russia

Can you use the iPad 4 in Russia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Russia by using the correct power convertor.

Russia

What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Russia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 4 then the best international travel charger for Russia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Russians use (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Russia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Russia. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Russia?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 4 with a Russian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 4 from the Russian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally supply this cable with your iPad 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Russian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Russian power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 4 with a Russian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 4 using a Russian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The recessed circular plug supply, also called a Schuko outlet, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Russia Wikipedia web 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5).
  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, priced at around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-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, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$5).
  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).