Charging an iPad Air 2 when staying in Gibraltar

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB adapter to power an iPad Air 2 with a Gibraltar power outlet and how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a Europlug Type C USB plug.

Gibraltar power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Gibraltar it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible. Different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when travelling to Gibraltar by using their standard types G or C 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll find a majority of Llanitos typically use Type G plug outlets. Power supplies differ regionally therefore we suggest reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Gibraltar from another country please check the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you plan to stay in a tourist destination such as Gibraltar refer to the Gibraltar Wikipedia web page [1] for further details on visiting the location. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Gibraltar

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Gibraltar?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Gibraltar power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Gibraltar?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Gibraltar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Llanitos use two different standards of plug sockets (types G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Gibraltar trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gibraltar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America going to Gibraltar using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gibraltar. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Gibraltar?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Gibraltar power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type G USB adapter to power your iPad Air 2 with a Gibraltar power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air 2 from a Gibraltar power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by three holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Gibraltar power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Gibraltar power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Gibraltar power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Gibraltar power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 using a Gibraltar power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Gibraltar power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Gibraltar power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Gibraltar power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gibraltar Wikipedia web 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, 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, estimated price C$10-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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.