How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Saudi Arabia

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a USB 30 pin cable and a three pin Type G USB adapter, charging the iPad using a Type A power adapter and charging the iPad using a Type B USB adapter

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad abroad.If going to Saudi Arabia this page has instructions showing how to power the iPad using their standard types G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Saudi Arabians. Power sources will vary regionally so we recommend that you read the WikiConnections world power connections guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If visiting Saudi Arabia from a different country check that the iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. 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 have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Saudi Arabia

Can you use the iPad in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Saudi Arabia by using a power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Saudi Arabia?

When travelling with more than your iPad and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of wall outlets in Saudi Arabia (types G, A, B and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPad can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Saudi Arabian trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Saudi Arabia 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 America visiting Saudi Arabia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Saudi Arabia?

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type G USB adapter to charge your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB mains 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 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 charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A power charger to recharge the iPad with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power 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. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B power charger to charge the iPad with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPad with a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad using the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the USB power 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Saudi Arabia country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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, costing C$10-C$15.
  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, C$15-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, C$25-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, 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, under C$15.