How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Saudi Arabia

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger, how to recharge the iPad Air using a 3 pinned Type G power plug and charging the iPad Air using a double pin Type A USB adapter

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page has step by step instructions telling you what you'll need to charge the iPad Air when visiting Saudi Arabia using their standard types G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note that Type G power outlets are typically used by a majority of Saudi Arabians. Most power sockets are different depending on which area you visiting therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Saudi Arabia from a different country please ensure that the iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad Air is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you're planning on staying somewhere like Riyadh or Jeddah we also recommend referring to the Saudi Arabian page on wikipedia [1] for further information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Saudi Arabia

Can you use the iPad Air in Saudi Arabia?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country 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 standards of power outlets that Saudis use (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 handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Saudi Arabia we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Saudi Arabia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as 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 a flexible 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 recharging the iPad Air in Saudi Arabia?

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad Air with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air 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] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  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 iPad Air is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air.
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad Air from a 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 will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air).
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [8]) can be identified by the 2 slots next to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  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 charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A guide on how to recharge the iPad Air with a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air using the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Saudi Arabian page 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, 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 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, estimated price around C$25.
  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, 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.