How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Netherlands

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad from a Dutch power outlet and how to charge the iPad using a two pinned Type F USB plug.

Dutch power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was written to assist people wanting to power the iPad when they are travelling to Netherlands.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad when you're visiting Netherlands using their types F or C Dutch 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by most Dutch. Power supplies will vary from country to country therefore please read our Wikiconnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. If you are visiting Netherlands from a different country ensure that the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging. 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 Netherlands

Can the iPad be used in Netherlands?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Netherlands?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad then the best international travel charger for Netherlands is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Dutch use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the power charger illustrated here 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 Netherlands

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, 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 useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Netherlands and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Netherlands 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Netherlands?

Powering the iPad with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad from a Dutch power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad from the Dutch power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in 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. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Dutch 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 which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad from a Dutch power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad from a Dutch power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. To power the iPad from the Dutch power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with the iPad by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Dutch power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet can be identified by the two large round adjacent holes, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad from a Dutch power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Netherlands Wikipedia web 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, priced at 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, 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.