Charging the iPad 3 from a power outlet in Belgium

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 from a Belgian power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger and recharging the iPad 3 using a Type E USB plug.

Belgian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. This page contains step-by-step instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPad 3 when you are in Belgium using their standard E or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E wall outlets are used by a majority of Belgians. If you are visiting Belgium from another region please check the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Belgium

Can the iPad 3 be used in Belgium?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Belgian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Belgium?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 3 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Belgium is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Belgians use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Belgian trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Belgium 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Belgium using type B US 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 Belgium. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Belgium?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Belgian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger to power the iPad 3 from a Belgian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 3 from the Belgian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable when you buy the iPad 3).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Belgian power outlet

Charging the iPad 3 from a Belgian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 with a Belgian power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type E USB adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad 3 using the Belgian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the wall supply. This recessed round wall outlet (sometimes known as a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral plus a metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Belgian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Belgian 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, costs £10-£15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costs £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.