Charging the iPad 2 when staying in Russia

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 2 with a Russian power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type F USB adapter.

Russian power outlet

If planning a holiday it can be helpful to know if you can charge all your important electronics when you arrive at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Russia you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there that could be incompatible. Different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to prepare visitors wanting to power the iPad 2 abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad 2 when staying in Russia using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type F power outlets will be typically used by most Russians. When travelling to Russia from another region check that the iPad 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on staying somewhere like Moscow or Ufa please read the Russian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Russia

Can you use the iPad 2 in Russia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Russian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Russia?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 2 the best international travel charger for Russia is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Russians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers on your Russian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Russia.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Russia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Russia?

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 2 with a Russian power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 2 from a Russian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Russian power outlet

A guide on how to charge the iPad 2 from a Russian power outlet using the Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Russian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPad 2.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed round wall outlet, sometimes called a Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Russian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Russian 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, costing £10-£15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.