Charging the iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Poland

Instructions on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Polish power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C USB adapter and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

Polish power outlet

If planning a vacation it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets at your hotel. However, by not knowing which power supply is used in Poland you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad Air 2. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad Air 2 . This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when you are going abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge your iPad Air 2 in Poland using the Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type E power outlets will be used by a majority of Poles. If you are travelling to Poland from another country ensure your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on staying somewhere such as Warsaw or Krak√≥w we also suggest reading the Polish country entry on Wikipedia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Poland

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Poland?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Poland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Poland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Air 2 then the best travel charger for Poland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Poles use (E 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 in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different places we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

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 2, 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 is useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Poland 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Poland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Poland?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Polish power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To charge an iPad Air 2 from a Polish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is powering up taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity. [AD]
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power adapter to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Polish power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Air 2 from a Polish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. The sunken circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Type E power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins with one long metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking around 1-4 hours to recharge. [AD]
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Polish country entry on Wikipedia
  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.
  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. 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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.