Charging the iPad when planning a trip to Iceland

A page showing how to charge your iPad with an Iceland power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter and charging the iPad using a Type F USB plug.

Iceland power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad . These instructions have been specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.The following guide will show exactly what you'll need to charge your iPad when you are in Iceland using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Icelanders. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the Europe page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Iceland from a different country please check that the iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure your iPad is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay in a place such as Reykjav√≠k or Akureyri we also suggest reading the Iceland Wikipedia page [1] for more details. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Iceland

Can you use the iPad in Iceland?

You can use the iPad in Iceland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad in Iceland?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad then the best travel charger for Iceland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets that Icelanders use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Iceland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Iceland using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Iceland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad in Iceland?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from an Iceland power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad with an Iceland power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad using the Iceland power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power supply by the 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from an Iceland power outlet

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

A page showing how to charge your iPad with an Iceland power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad using the Iceland power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet, also known as a Type F power outlet [6], can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad from an Iceland power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Iceland Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing £10-£15.
  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. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at £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 at under £15.