How to charge your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Poland

A guide on how to recharge the iPad 4 with a Polish power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter and recharging the iPad 4 using a 2 pinned Type E power plug.

Polish power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines have been written to prepare people wanting to power the iPad 4 when they are travelling to Poland.If going to Poland this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad 4 by using the standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type E wall outlets will be used by most Poles. If travelling to Poland from a different region double check the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning on staying somewhere such as Warsaw or Metro Manila we also suggest referring to the Poland country page on Wikipedia [1] for further information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Poland

Can the iPad 4 be used in Poland?

You can use the iPad 4 in Poland by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Poland?

If travelling with more than your iPad 4 or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Poland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Poles use (types E and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack multiple travel adapters for your Polish trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

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 4, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Poland using 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 originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Poland?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide on how to recharge the iPad 4 with a Polish power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 using the Polish power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Polish power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
Powering the iPad 4 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type E power charger to charge the iPad 4 with a Polish power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 4 from the Polish power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad 4.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Polish power outlet. The round power outlet can be identified by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go with a single long metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge. [AD]
Charging the iPad 4 from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Poland country page 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.