How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Tunisia

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad with a Tunisian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C power charger and charging the iPad using a Type E power plug.

Tunisian power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Tunisia it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge any essential devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you arrive. Without knowing which power supply is used in Tunisia you may bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Different voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad in Tunisia. These instructions were written to help prepare people wanting to charge the iPad abroad.When staying in Tunisia this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPad using their standard types E or C Tunisian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type E wall outlets will be used by most Tunisians. Power sources vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to so please read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets list for a full list of powering devices in different regions. If visiting Tunisia from a different region check your iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you are planning to stay somewhere like Tunis or Djerba-Zarzis refer to the Tunisian entry on wikipedia.org [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area. 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 Tunisia

Can you use the iPad in Tunisia?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Tunisia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Tunisia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Tunisians use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Tunisia. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tunisia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Tunisia.
  • 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Tunisia?

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

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad from a Tunisian power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad from the Tunisian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Tunisian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Tunisian power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPad with a Tunisian power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type E USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad from the Tunisian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPad.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Tunisian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tunisian entry on wikipedia.org
  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, priced at 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, estimated price under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costs 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, priced C$15-C$20.