How to charge the iPad 3 from a power outlet in Poland

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger to power your iPad 3 from a Polish power outlet and how to charge the iPad 3 using a Type E power charger.

Polish power outlet

If organizing a vacation to Poland it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge any vital electrical devices when you get there. By not knowing which plug socket is used in Poland you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to buy a suitable charger when you're there. Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 3 when Poland.When going to Poland the following instructions show charging your iPad 3 by using the standard types E or C Polish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Poles typically use the Type E plug outlets. When you are visiting Poland from a different country check that the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 3 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on staying somewhere like Warsaw we also suggest referring to the Poland Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Poland

Can the iPad 3 be used in Poland?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a Polish power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Poland?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 3 then the best international travel charger for Poland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Poles use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your Polish trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

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 3, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Poland using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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. This is a much 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 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Poland?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPad 3 from a Polish power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 3 from the Polish power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Polish power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3]) can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is recharging taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Polish power outlet

A page on how to power your iPad 3 with a Polish power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 3 from the Polish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Polish power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Polish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Poland Wikipedia web 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, under £10.
  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 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, costing around £5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.