Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to Iceland

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air with an Iceland power outlet using a Lightning connector and a two pin Type C USB charger and recharging the iPad Air using a two pin Type F USB plug.

Iceland power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are planning a holiday to Iceland this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPad Air by using the Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Icelanders. You'll discover that power supplies differ depending on which country you are in therefore please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Iceland from a different country please check the iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your iPad Air is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Reykjav√≠k we also suggest reading the Wikipedia.org web page about Iceland [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Iceland

Can you use the iPad Air in Iceland?

You can connect the iPad Air to an Iceland power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Iceland?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Iceland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Icelanders use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Iceland trip. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. 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 smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this 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 both Iceland 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Iceland?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Air with an Iceland power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air using the Iceland power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPad Air from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air with an Iceland power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from an Iceland power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Air.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Iceland power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Iceland
  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, around £10.
  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 £10-£15.
  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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.