Charging an iPad Air 2 in Saudi Arabia

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger, charging an iPad Air 2 using a three pin Type G USB plug and powering an iPad Air 2 using a Type A USB adapter

Saudi Arabian power outlet

When packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can power all your indispensable electronics that you'll be bringing along. But, without knowing which plug socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it that could be incompatible. Varying complicated voltages and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad Air 2 . These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 abroad.If you're staying in Saudi Arabia these useful instructions show how to power the iPad Air 2 using the standard G, A, B or D type 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you'll find a majority of Saudis normally use the Type G plugs in their plug outlets. If travelling to Saudi Arabia from a different region make sure the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you plan to stay somewhere like Riyadh or Jeddah please read the Wikipedia.org entry about Saudi Arabia [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Saudi Arabia

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Saudi Arabia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Air 2 the best international travel charger for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Saudis use four different standards of plug sockets (types G, A, B and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on the flight. Because of their 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 tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Saudi Arabia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor 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 Saudi Arabia using type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality 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 a 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Saudi Arabia?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air 2 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple charging 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. This unearthed power outlet (technically known as a Type A power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian 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 which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. This wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [8]) is recognised by two slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F Schuko USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air 2 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Saudi Arabia
  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, C$10-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, under C$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, under C$30.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. 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, estimated price C$10-C$15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under C$15.