How to charge the iPad Air when visiting Estonia

A guide on how to charge the iPad Air from an Estonian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger and charging the iPad Air using a Type F Schuko USB plug.

Estonian power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPad Air in Estonia. If visiting Estonia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Air by using the F or C type Estonian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Estonia from a different country please ensure that your iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Estonia

Can the iPad Air be used in Estonia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Estonia.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger 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 plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Estonia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Estonia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Estonia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Estonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Estonia?

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

A guide on how to charge the iPad Air from an Estonian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from an Estonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Estonian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with an Estonian 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 an Estonian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F Schuko USB charger to recharge the iPad Air with an Estonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air using an Estonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Estonian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Estonian country 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, priced at 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, 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, C$15-C$20.