Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Qatar

A guide showing how to recharge your iPad with a Qatari power outlet using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type G USB charger and charging the iPad using a three pin Type D power adapter.

Qatari power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to Qatar it can be helpful to know if you can use any essential devices that you are bringing with you. But by not knowing which plug socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger when you're there that could be incompatible and damage the iPad. Differing region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This useful guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPad when you're visiting Qatar using the Type G or D Qatari 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Qataris. If you are visiting Qatar from a different region please check the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading during charging. 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 Qatar

Can you use the iPad in Qatar?

You can use the iPad in Qatar.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Qatar?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad then the best travel adapter for Qatar is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different standards of plug sockets (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Qatari trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Qatar and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Qatar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Qatar?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Qatari power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad with a Qatari power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad from a Qatari power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three vertical holes with shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Qatari power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Qatari power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad with a Qatari power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type D power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from a Qatari power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the cable when you buy your iPad).
  2. Start by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Qatari power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Qatar Wikipedia page
  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, under C$15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under C$15.