How to charge your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Germany

Instructions on how to power your iPad 2 with a German power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad 2 using a 2 pinned Type F power plug.

German power outlet

When planning to travel to Germany it's useful to know in advance if you can use all your important electronics that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which power supply is used in Germany you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Differing region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad 2 in Germany. This page is a useful guide telling you exactly how to charge your iPad 2 when you're travelling to Germany using their Type F or C German 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Germans will typically use Type F sockets in their plug outlets. You'll discover that most power supplies change depending on which area you're taking a trip to so we recommend reading our WikiConnections world power connections guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If you are visiting Germany from a different country ensure the iPad 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning on travelling to destinations such as Berlin please refer to the wikipedia entry about Germany [1] for more details prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Germany

Can the iPad 2 be used in Germany?

You can use the iPad 2 in Germany by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad 2 the best international travel power adapter for Germany is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Germans use (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

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 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your German trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power 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 only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Germany 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Germany using type B 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 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Germany. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Germany?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a German power outlet

A guide showing how to power your iPad 2 with a German power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 2 using a German power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet can be recognised by the two adjacent holes.
  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 is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the German 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 and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a German power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type F power charger to charge the iPad 2 with a German power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 using the German power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of 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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the German power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Germany
  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, 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, priced at under C$20.