How to charge your iPad Air from a power outlet in Iraq

Instructions on how to power your iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter, charging the iPad Air using a Type G power plug and how to recharge the iPad Air using a 3 pinned Type D power plug

Iraqi power outlet

Different combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to visit 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 the iPad Air abroad.When going to Iraq this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air using the standard types G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power supplies differ regionally so please read the power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If visiting Iraq from a different region double check the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that 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 over-heating when powering up. If you plan on travelling to a place like Baghdad please refer to the Iraq Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Iraq

Can the iPad Air be used in Iraq?

You can use the iPad Air in Iraq by using the correct power adaptor.

Iraq

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Iraq?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Iraq is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Iraqis use three different standards of power outlets (G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Iraq

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Iraq using type B American 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Iraq. [10]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Iraq?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air from the Iraqi power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Iraqi power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Iraqi 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 charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using an Iraqi power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from an Iraqi power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad Air with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Air with an Iraqi power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using an Iraqi power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug in the Type D USB power adapter into the Iraqi power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as the Type D power outlet [8]) can be identified by three round holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the power adapter 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. Switch on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Iraq 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  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, estimated cost under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under C$20.