How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Albania

Instructions on how to charge the iPad 3 from an Albanian power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power adapter and how to charge the iPad 3 using a two pin Type F USB charger.

Albanian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. When staying in Albania this page contains instructions showing powering your iPad 3 by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Albania from a different region double check the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the iPad 3 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on travelling to a city like Tirana please refer to the Albanian entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Albania

Can the iPad 3 be used in Albania?

You can use the iPad 3 in Albania.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Albania?

If travelling with more than your iPad 3 or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Albania to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Albanians use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional wall outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

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 3, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to 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 the US using type B plugs and 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 just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Albania?

Powering the iPad 3 with an Albanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power charger to charge the iPad 3 with an Albanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 3 using 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], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. The power supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad 3 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with an Albanian 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 3 from an Albanian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type F USB adapter to charge your iPad 3 from an Albanian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 3 from the Albanian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad 3.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Albanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albanian entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_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, £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, costs around £5.
  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, around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.