How to charge the iPad 3 when staying in Ethiopia

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter, recharging the iPad 3 using a two pinned Type C USB charger and recharging the iPad 3 using a two pin Type E USB charger

Ethiopian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPad 3 abroad.When you're travelling to Ethiopia the following instructions show charging your iPad 3 using their E, C, F or L type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sources will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections global power connections list for a full list showing countries. If travelling to Ethiopia from another country please ensure that the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 3 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad 3 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Ethiopia

Can the iPad 3 be used in Ethiopia?

You can connect the iPad 3 to an Ethiopian power outlet by using a power convertor.

Ethiopia

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Ethiopia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Ethiopia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Ethiopians use four different types of plug sockets (E, C, F and L) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Ethiopia or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

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 3, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Ethiopia using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [12]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Ethiopia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to recharge your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 3 using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power charger 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. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to recharge your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 3 using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad 3).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (sometimes known as the CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power charger 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. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad 3 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Charging the iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two round holes 19 mm next to each other where the twin pins slide into along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Charging the iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad 3 with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 3 from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type L USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this hexagon shaped wall supply by 3 circular holes in a line. Please note there are two types of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopian Wikipedia page
  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 cost 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 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, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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, priced at under C$20.
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, around C$15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under C$20.