Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Albania

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPad from an Albanian power outlet and how to power the iPad using a Type F power adapter.

Albanian power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.This simple guide tells you how to supply power to your iPad when staying in Albania by using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power supplies will change regionally therefore we recommend reading the Europe and power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Albania from another country please check the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPad is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Albania

Can you use the iPad in Albania?

You can connect the iPad to an Albanian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Albania?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Albania is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Albanians use (F and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Albanian 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 as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Albania we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Albania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Albania 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Albania using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Albania.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Albania?

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

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPad with an Albanian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from an Albanian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Albanian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes known as a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  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 can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad from an Albanian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad from an Albanian power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type F USB adapter to power the iPad with an Albanian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad from the Albanian power outlet you will need to buy 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. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. The round plug supply (sometimes called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes where the pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  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 can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Albanian 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 taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad from an Albanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albanian Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, estimated price £15-£20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost £5-£10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, costs around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around £10.