Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Poland

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad with a Polish power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger and recharging the iPad using a 2 pin Type E power plug.

Polish power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPad when staying in Poland.This page has step by step instructions showing you how to charge your iPad when travelling to Poland using their standard E or C type Polish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Poles will use the Type E sockets in their wall outlets. When travelling to Poland from a different country please make sure your iPad can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Poland

Can you use the iPad in Poland?

You can use the iPad in Poland.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Poland?

When travelling with more than your iPad or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Poland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Poles use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Poland we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, but for visitors also wishing 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 devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Poland.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Poland?

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

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to power the iPad from a Polish power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad from a Polish power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge. [AD]
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Polish power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Polish power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad with a Polish power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from a Polish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPad).
  2. Start by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. This recessed round power outlet, also known as a CEE 7/7 outlet, can be identified by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Polish power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Poland 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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music.
  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.