How to charge the iPad 2 when staying in Qatar

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPad 2 from a Qatari power outlet and powering the iPad 2 using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter.

Qatari power outlet

Differing region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their iPad 2 abroad.When visiting Qatar the following instructions show charging your iPad 2 using their G or D type 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Qataris normally use Type G sockets in their plug outlets. When you are visiting Qatar from a different country check your iPad 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you intend to stay somewhere like Doha please read the Qatari Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Qatar

Can the iPad 2 be used in Qatar?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a Qatari power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Qatar?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different types of plug sockets (G and D) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, 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 Qatar using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Qatar?

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type G power charger to recharge your iPad 2 from a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 2 using a Qatari power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically included with your device).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots containing shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. 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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Qatari 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. [AD]
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Qatari power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Qatari power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a Type D power charger to power your iPad 2 from a Qatari power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 2 using a Qatari power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically already supplied with the iPad 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. 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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Qatari 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 completely recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Qatari power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Qatari 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.
  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 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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.