Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Macedonia

A page showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB charger and recharging the iPad 3 using a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

Macedonian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist people wanting to power their iPad 3 when travelling abroad.This page has step by step instructions showing how to charge the iPad 3 when you are in Macedonia using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Macedonia from a different country please check the iPad 3 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Macedonian place such as Skopje read the Macedonia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Macedonia

Can you use the iPad 3 in Macedonia?

You can use the iPad 3 in Macedonia by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Macedonia?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad 3 then the best travel charger for Macedonia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Macedonians use (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Macedonia using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 Macedonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Macedonia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet

A page showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will normally supply the cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Macedonian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet

Powering the iPad 3 with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing you how to power the iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from a Macedonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macedonia 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, 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, 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.