How to charge the iPad when staying in Macedonia

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Macedonian power outlet and how to recharge the iPad using a two pinned Type F USB adapter.

Macedonian power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad abroad.When going to Macedonia these useful instructions show powering your iPad using their Type F or C Macedonian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sources will change regionally so please read our Wikiconnections global power supplies page for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If visiting Macedonia from another region double check your iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying at a Macedonian destination like Skopje or Bitola we suggest referring to the wikipedia entry about Macedonia [1] for further information on visiting the area. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Macedonia

Can the iPad be used in Macedonia?

You can connect the iPad to a Macedonian power outlet by using a power convertor.

Macedonia

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Macedonia?

If travelling with more than your iPad and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Macedonia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Macedonians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Macedonia. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Macedonia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Macedonia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macedonia. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Macedonia?

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

A page on how to power your iPad from a Macedonian power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Macedonian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A page on how to power your iPad from a Macedonian power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad using a Macedonian 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 your device.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Macedonian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Macedonia
  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 C$15-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, costs under C$20.