Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Egypt

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad 3 with an Egyptian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad 3 using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

Egyptian power outlet

If packing for a trip to Egypt it's useful to know if you can charge all your gadgets such as mobiles and laptops when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in Egypt you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which could be incompatible and damage the device. Differing voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country, especially for the first time traveller. This page contains a guide demonstrating how to supply power to the iPad 3 when going to Egypt by using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type F plug outlets are typically used by most Egyptians. When travelling to Egypt from a different region ensure that your iPad 3 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your iPad 3 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Egypt

Can the iPad 3 be used in Egypt?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to an Egyptian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Egypt

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Egypt?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 3 then the best travel charger for Egypt is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Egyptians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Egyptian trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Egypt using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Egypt?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Egyptian power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 3 from the Egyptian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad 3).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Egyptian power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called a Europlug, is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Egyptian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Egyptian power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type F power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from an Egyptian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already included with the iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Egyptian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Egyptian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page 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, 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, 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, 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, estimated cost under C$20.