Charging the iPad when staying in Pakistan

Instructions on how to charge your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C power charger, how to charge the iPad using a Type G power adapter and recharging the iPad using a three pinned Type D power charger

Pakistani power outlet

Various frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This page was written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to charge their iPad when they are travelling to Pakistan.When you are going to travel to Pakistan this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPad by using their types G, C, D or M Pakistani 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Pakistan from a different region ensure the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you plan to visit a city like Karachi read the Pakistan country entry on wikipedia [1] for further details. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Pakistan

Can the iPad be used in Pakistan?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Pakistan.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Pakistan?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad the best travel power adapter for Pakistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of plug sockets in Pakistan (types G, C, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers. By only needing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Pakistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Pakistan using type B US 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 America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Pakistan. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Pakistan?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad with a Pakistani power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad from the Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the power adapter 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet

A guide on how to charge your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad using the Pakistani power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPad by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge. [AD]
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy your iPad).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug outlet (called the Type D power outlet [8]) can be identified by the three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity. [AD]
Powering the iPad with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type M USB adapter to power your iPad with a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad using a Pakistani power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 large circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge. [AD]
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPad from a Pakistani power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Pakistan country entry 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.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.