Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to Kosovo

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air with a Kosovan power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and powering the iPad Air using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB charger.

Kosovan power outlet

Complicated combinations of 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. When you're staying in Kosovo this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad Air by using their standard F or C type Kosovan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Kosovo from another country ensure that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPad Air is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you intend on travelling to a Kosovan place like Pristina or Prizren we also suggest reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Kosovo [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Kosovo

Can you use the iPad Air in Kosovo?

You can use the iPad Air in Kosovo by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in Kosovo?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air the best international travel adapter for Kosovo is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Kosovars use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. 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 needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Kosovo

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Kosovo 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 Kosovo 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 and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 Kosovo. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in Kosovo?

Powering the iPad Air with a Kosovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Air with a Kosovan power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Kosovan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Kosovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air 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.
Powering the iPad Air with a Kosovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Kosovan power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Schuko Type F power adapter to recharge the iPad Air with a Kosovan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using the Kosovan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Kosovan power outlet. This sunken round power supply, sometimes called the Schuko outlet, can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins slide into along with two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Kosovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Kosovan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Kosovo
  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, estimated cost £5-£10.
  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 cost £10-£15.
  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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around £10.