Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Bulgaria

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter and charging the iPad 2 using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

Bulgarian power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when staying in Bulgaria.If planning a holiday to Bulgaria these instructions show charging the iPad 2 by using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Bulgaria from another region please check the iPad 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Bulgaria

Can the iPad 2 be used in Bulgaria?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Bulgarian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Bulgaria?

When travelling with more than your iPad 2 or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Bulgaria to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Bulgaria (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Bulgarian trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. 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 smartphones, tablets and speakers using just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Bulgaria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however 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 are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bulgaria 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Bulgaria.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bulgaria. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Bulgaria?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Bulgarian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type F power adapter to charge your iPad 2 with a Bulgarian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 using a Bulgarian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the cable when you buy your iPad 2).
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Bulgarian power outlet. This recessed round power outlet, also known as a Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Bulgarian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Bulgaria Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs under C$20.
  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 under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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$20.
  8. 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.