Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Albania

A guide showing how to power the iPad Air from an Albanian power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad Air using a two pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

Albanian power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when you're in staying in Albania.This step-by-step guide will show exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air when you're visiting Albania using their standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Albania from a different country please make sure that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Albania

Can you use the iPad Air in Albania?

You can use the iPad Air in Albania.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air then the best travel power adapter for Albania is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Albanians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to 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 be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Albania we suggest buying a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Albania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Albania using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in Albania?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB adapter to power the iPad Air with an Albanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air using an Albanian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Albanian power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn 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 charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air 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 Air from an Albanian power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPad Air from an Albanian power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from the Albanian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. The circular power supply, sometimes called a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Albanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albanian 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, estimated price £15-£20.
  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 at around £4.
  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.