How to charge the iPad when staying in Bulgaria

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Bulgarian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger and charging the iPad using a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

Bulgarian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPad in Bulgaria. These simple instructions will show you exactly how to power the iPad when visiting Bulgaria by using the standard types F or C Bulgarian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If travelling to Bulgaria from another country please ensure that the iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Bulgaria

Can the iPad be used in Bulgaria?

You can connect the iPad to a Bulgarian power outlet.

Bulgaria

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Bulgaria?

If travelling with more than your iPad and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Bulgaria to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Bulgaria (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Bulgaria or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size 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 and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Bulgaria

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 Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Bulgaria using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Bulgaria. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Bulgaria?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Bulgarian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using a Bulgarian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  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. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Bulgarian 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 typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bulgarian power outlet

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad from a Bulgarian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Bulgarian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Bulgarian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19 mm apart from each other along with 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. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Bulgarian 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 iPad is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Bulgarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bulgarian 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, priced at £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, around £5.
  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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.