How to charge the iPad 3 when staying in Iceland

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to recharge your iPad 3 from an Iceland power outlet and charging the iPad 3 using a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

Iceland power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you're visiting abroad.When you're travelling to Iceland these instructions show powering your iPad 3 using their Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F power outlets are used by most Icelanders. When you are visiting Iceland from a different country check your iPad 3 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Iceland

Can the iPad 3 be used in Iceland?

You can connect the iPad 3 to an Iceland power outlet by using a power convertor.

Iceland

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Iceland?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Iceland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Icelanders use two different types of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when 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.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Iceland

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 travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Iceland 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Iceland.
  • 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 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Iceland. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Iceland?

Powering the iPad 3 with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPad 3 from an Iceland power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 3 from the Iceland power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Iceland power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad 3 with an Iceland power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 3 from the Iceland power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Iceland power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Iceland 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 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Iceland country 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, C$10-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 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, C$15-C$20.