How to charge the iPad 4 when visiting San Marino

Instructions showing how to power your iPad 4 with a Sammarinese power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger, charging the iPad 4 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug and powering the iPad 4 using a three pin Type L USB plug

Sammarinese power outlet

Different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when you are visiting San Marino.When visiting San Marino this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 4 by using the F, C or L type Sammarinese 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to San Marino from another country double check the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the iPad 4 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in San Marino

Can the iPad 4 be used in San Marino?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in San Marino by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in San Marino?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for San Marino to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sammarinese use three different standards of wall outlets (types F, C and L) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to San Marino we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for San Marino

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 the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North 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 is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 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 San Marino. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in San Marino?

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

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 4 from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 4 from the Sammarinese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Sammarinese power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F Schuko USB charger to power the iPad 4 with a Sammarinese power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 using a Sammarinese power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Sammarinese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter 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 Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is recharging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Sammarinese power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 with a Sammarinese power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type L power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Sammarinese power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type L power outlet [8]) looks like 3 round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. You'll find there are two types of Type L plug supply rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sammarinese country Wiki 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, estimated cost £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, around £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, £15-£20.
  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, £5-£10.
  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.