How to charge an iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Egypt

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from an Egyptian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a double pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Egyptian power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it can often be helpful to know if you can charge your important devices that you'll be bringing along with you. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Egypt you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad Air 2 in Egypt. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when staying in Egypt by using their Type F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F plug outlets will be normally used by most Egyptians. If travelling to Egypt from a different country make sure that the iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Egypt

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Egypt?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to an Egyptian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Egypt?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Egypt is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Egyptians use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring seperate power chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Egypt.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as 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 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Egypt?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Egyptian power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air 2 using an Egyptian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Egyptian power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply can be recognised by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Egyptian power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pinned Schuko Type F power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Egyptian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This recessed circular power supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Egyptian country page on Wikipedia
  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 price under 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, estimated price C$15-C$20.
  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, 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, around C$15.