Charging your iPad from a power outlet in San Marino

A guide on how to charge your iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type L power adapter, powering the iPad using a two pinned Type C power charger and charging the iPad using a two pinned Type F power charger

Sammarinese power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPad when travelling to San Marino by using their standard types F, C or L 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are travelling to San Marino from a different country please make sure your iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in San Marino

Can you use the iPad in San Marino?

You can connect the iPad to a Sammarinese power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in San Marino?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for San Marino to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Sammarinese use three different standards of plug sockets (types F, C and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Sammarinese trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for San Marino

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to San Marino using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting San Marino. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in San Marino?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Sammarinese power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, also called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Sammarinese 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 from a Sammarinese power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type F USB charger to power the iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet

Instructions on how to charge your iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a Type L USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type L USB power adapter in the power supply. The squashed hexagon shaped power outlet (called the Type L power outlet [8]) looks like three circular adjecent holes in a line. You'll find there are two different variations of Type L wall outlet rated at 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  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 is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad from a Sammarinese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - San Marino Wikipedia 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, £5-£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, £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 around £10.
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, £10-£15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.