How to charge the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Albania

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 with an Albanian power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger and charging the iPad 2 using a Type F power plug.

Albanian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop visitors worrying if they can power the iPad 2 abroad.When going to Albania the following instructions show charging your iPad 2 using their standard types F or C Albanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Albania from another region please ensure that the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you plan to visit an Albanian destination like Tirana we suggest referring to the Albanian Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Albania

Can the iPad 2 be used in Albania?

You can connect the iPad 2 to an Albanian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Albania?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 2 then the best international travel power adapter for Albania is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Albania (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Albania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Albania?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an Albanian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 with an Albanian power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 2 from the Albanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger 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. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an Albanian power outlet

Powering the iPad 2 with an Albanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 from an Albanian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 2 from the Albanian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Albanian power outlet. The sunken round wall supply can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with an Albanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albanian Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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, priced £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, £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, costing £15-£20.
  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.