How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to Eritrea

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad from an Eritrean power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter and how to charge the iPad using a three pinned Type L power plug.

Eritrean power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Eritrea this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad by using the L or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sources vary regionally therefore please read our Wikiconnections world power sockets guide for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Eritrea from a different country please ensure that your iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. 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 Eritrea

Can the iPad be used in Eritrea?

You can use the iPad in Eritrea by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Eritrea?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad then the best travel adapter for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Eritreans use two different standards of wall outlets (L and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just 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 successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Eritrea using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Eritrea?

Charging the iPad from an Eritrean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad from an Eritrean power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad from an Eritrean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with your device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Eritrean power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the mains power 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. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad from an Eritrean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad from an Eritrean power outlet

A guide on how to charge the iPad from an Eritrean power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type L power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad using an Eritrean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Eritrean power outlet. This hexagon shaped plug supply, sometimes called the Type L power outlet [6], looks like 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. Note that there are two variations of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right 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.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad from an Eritrean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Eritrea
  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, C$15-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, priced at under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, estimated price C$10-C$15.
  8. 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.