How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Afghanistan

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini from an Afghan power outlet by using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a two pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Afghan power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. When going to Afghanistan this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini using the standard types F or C Afghan 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Afghanistan from another country check your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Afghanistan

Can the iPad Mini be used in Afghanistan?

You can use the iPad Mini in Afghanistan.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Afghanistan?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Afghanistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers on your trip to Afghanistan or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter like this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Afghanistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Afghanistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Afghanistan?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Afghan power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini from an Afghan power outlet by using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from an Afghan 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 the cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Afghan power outlet

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type F power charger to charge the iPad Mini with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Afghan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The recessed circular wall supply, also known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghanistan country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters