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

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger, recharging an iPad Air 2 using a three pin Type G USB charger and how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger

Pakistani power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you what you'll need to charge the iPad Air 2 when travelling to Pakistan using their standard types G, C, D or M Pakistani 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets are different depending on which area you visiting therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a complete list of countries. When you are visiting Pakistan from a different region please ensure that your iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Air 2 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 charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Pakistan

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Pakistan?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Pakistan by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Pakistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of wall outlets that Pakistanis use (types G, C, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power 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 help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary 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 North America going to Pakistan using type B American 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 a more generous 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 Pakistan. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Pakistan?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air 2 using a Pakistani power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by three vertical slots with shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet

A guide on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Pakistani power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air 2 using a Pakistani power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with your iPad Air 2 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the Pakistani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [8], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type M USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 large round holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Pakistani power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Pakistani page on wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced under C$15.
  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, priced under C$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$15.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced under C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, C$20-C$25.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.