How to charge the iPad Air when visiting Pakistan

A guide showing you how to power your iPad Air with a Pakistani power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type D power charger, powering the iPad Air using a Type G USB adapter and recharging the iPad Air using a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger

Pakistani power outlet

Varying different region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad Air . If visiting Pakistan this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Air by using the Type G, C, D or M Pakistani 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies will vary depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the Asia page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Pakistan from a different region please make sure that your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Pakistan

Can the iPad Air be used in Pakistan?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Pakistan.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Air the best international travel charger for Pakistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Pakistanis use four different standards of power outlets (G, C, D and M) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Air can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Pakistani trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated 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 Pakistan

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Pakistan using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 Pakistan. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Pakistan?

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air with a Pakistani power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from the Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. This power outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Air from a Pakistani power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using the Pakistani power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Pakistani power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge the iPad Air with a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air from the Pakistani power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. First plug in the Type D USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. This wall outlet (technically known as a Type D power outlet [8]) looks like three holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then 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 is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani 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 Air is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Pakistani power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type M USB charger to power the iPad Air with a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air using a Pakistani power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 large round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning 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 bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani 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 Air is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Pakistani power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Pakistani 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, priced at under C$15.
  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, 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, priced under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, C$15-C$20.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, around C$15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.