Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Saudi Arabia

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet, powering the iPad 4 using a Type A USB charger and how to power the iPad 4 using a Type B USB plug

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad 4 abroad.This page has useful instructions telling you how to charge your iPad 4 when travelling to Saudi Arabia using the Type G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type G power outlets will be normally used by most Saudis. When travelling to Saudi Arabia from a different country please make sure that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPad 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Saudi Arabia

Can the iPad 4 be used in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Saudi Arabia?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad 4 then the best international travel adapter for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Saudi Arabians use four different standards of wall outlets (types G, A, B and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and 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 heads over. If your type of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Saudi Arabia we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

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 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 necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Saudi Arabia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Saudi Arabia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. This plug supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], looks like three rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian 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 4 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [6]) is identified by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian 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 to 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to power the iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPad 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. To power your iPad 4 using the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two large adjacent holes, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 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
  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, costs under 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, estimated cost 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, 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, estimated cost under C$15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$10-C$15.