Charging the iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Qatar

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Qatari power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

Qatari power outlet

Different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This page contains a simple guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Air 2 when travelling to Qatar using the types G or D 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G plug outlets will be normally used by a majority of Qataris. You will discover that power supplies change depending on which region you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Qatar from a different country please check the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Qatar

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Qatar?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Qatar by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Qatar?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Qatar is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Qatari trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this online - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

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 or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Qatar and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Qatar using 3 pin type B 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. This gives 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 a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Qatar?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Qatari power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power an iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Qatari power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Qatar
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, £15-£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, estimated price under £20.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.