How to charge the iPad Air when staying in Macedonia

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge the iPad Air from a Macedonian power outlet and charging the iPad Air using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

Macedonian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when going to Macedonia.If you are staying in Macedonia the following instructions show powering your iPad Air using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Macedonia from a different region check that your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Macedonia

Can the iPad Air be used in Macedonia?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Macedonia?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Macedonia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Macedonia (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Macedonia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective 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 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macedonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Macedonia?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type C power charger to power your iPad Air from a Macedonian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air from the Macedonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Macedonian power outlet

A page on how to power your iPad Air from a Macedonian power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air using a Macedonian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply the USB cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Macedonian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin pins slide into, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Macedonian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macedonian Wiki 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  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, 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, costing 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.