Charging the iPad Air when visiting Poland

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Polish power outlet and how to power the iPad Air using a 2 pin Type E power charger.

Polish power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad Air . When you are staying in Poland the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad Air by using their standard E or C type Polish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Poles normally use Type E power outlets. When travelling to Poland from a different country please check the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you plan on taking a trip to somewhere like Warsaw or Metro Manila please refer to the Wikipedia.org web page about Poland [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Poland

Can you use the iPad Air in Poland?

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

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air 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 different types of power outlets that Poles use (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Polish trip. By only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. 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 and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 North America visiting Poland.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Poland?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Polish power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air using the Polish power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power supply, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air 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 Air from a Polish power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type E power adapter to power the iPad Air from a Polish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Air from a Polish power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable when you buy your iPad Air).
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the Polish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into and a single metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of 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 Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Polish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Poland
  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-£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, costs £10-£15.
  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, priced at around £5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.