How to charge an iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Estonia

A guide on how to charge an iPad Air 2 with an Estonian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger and how to recharge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Type F power charger.

Estonian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you what you'll need to charge the iPad Air 2 when travelling to Estonia using their types F or C Estonian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover that power will change depending on which region you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Europe page for a complete list of countries. If you are travelling to Estonia from a different country ensure the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Air 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Estonia

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Estonia?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Estonia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Estonia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Estonia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Estonians use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Estonia

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 Air 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Estonia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Estonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Estonia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Estonian power outlet

A guide on how to charge an iPad Air 2 with an Estonian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Air 2 using an Estonian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. The plug supply, also called the Europlug, can be identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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. Switch on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Estonian power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from an Estonian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the Estonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is usually included with the iPad Air 2 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Estonian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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. Switch on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Estonia Wikipedia web 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 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, around 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, estimated cost around C$15.