How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Egypt

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from an Egyptian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad using a two pinned Type F USB adapter.

Egyptian power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This page contains a step-by-step guide which shows exactly how to power the iPad when you are visiting Egypt by using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be typically used by most Egyptians. When you are visiting Egypt from a different country make sure the iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on staying in a city such as Cairo or Tanta read the wikipedia.org entry about Egypt [1] for further details prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Egypt

Can you use the iPad in Egypt?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Egypt by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Egypt?

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

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

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 power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Egypt.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Egypt?

Powering the iPad with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from an Egyptian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad using an Egyptian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take around one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using an Apple 30-pin connector and a Type F USB adapter to charge the iPad with an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using an Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Egyptian power outlet. This round wall supply (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Egypt
  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, costs 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 cost 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, costs 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, around C$15.