How to charge the iPad when staying in Cyprus

How to connect a Cypriot power outlet to the iPad

Cypriot power outlet

When planning a trip to Cyprus it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices when you get there. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Cyprus you may bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. These instructions will show you exactly how to charge the iPad when visiting Cyprus by using a standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Cypriot plug outlet, the Cypriots will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When you are travelling to Cyprus from a different region double check your iPad 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 converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you intend on staying at a Cypriot destination like Nicosia please read the Cypriot page on wikipedia.org [1] for more information on visiting the area. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Cyprus

Can the iPad be used in Cyprus?

You can connect the iPad to a Cypriot power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Cyprus?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Cyprus is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers on your trip to Cyprus or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. 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 phones, tablets and speakers 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 charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Cyprus

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 Cyprus.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Cyprus.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Cyprus?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Cypriot power outlet

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

  1. To supply power to the iPad using a Cypriot power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Cypriot power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Cypriot power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus - Cypriot page on wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters