How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Albania

Learn how to power the iPad 4 with an Albanian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power adapter and charging the iPad 4 using a Type F Schuko USB charger.

Albanian power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad 4 in Albania. This page was written to prevent travellers worrying if they can charge their iPad 4 when they are staying in Albania.When visiting Albania this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 4 by using the F or C type Albanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power supplies vary depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections world power supplies list for a full list of powering devices in different regions and countries. When you are visiting Albania from another region please make sure that your iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you intend to visit an Albanian city such as Tirana please refer to the Albania Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Albania

Can the iPad 4 be used in Albania?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Albania by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Albania?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for Albania is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets that Albanians use (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power 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 the flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Albania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Albania and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Albania?

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

Learn how to power the iPad 4 with an Albanian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 4 from the Albanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with an Albanian 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 an Albanian power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type F Schuko power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with an Albanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 4 using an Albanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. The recessed round wall outlet can be identified by the two round adjacent holes, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up, typically taking between one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Albanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albania Wikipedia web page
  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, costs around £15.
  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, priced £4-£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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.