Charging the iPad from a power outlet in Iran

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad with an Iranian power outlet and how to power the iPad using a Type F USB plug.

Iranian power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This page contains simple instructions which shows how to supply power to the iPad when you are travelling to Iran using the Type F or C Iranian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Iran from a different country please check the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Iran

Can the iPad be used in Iran?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to an Iranian power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Iran to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets that Iranians use (F and C) and using a power 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 changing the heads. If your iPad can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Iranian trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Iran

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, 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 useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Iran.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 cheaper alternative to 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Iran. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad in Iran?

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

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger to charge your iPad with an Iranian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad using the Iranian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. The wall outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  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 Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger to charge your iPad with an Iranian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad from an Iranian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPad).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular power supply can be recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus two 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 Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Iran
  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, between $10 to $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, costs between $5 to $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, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20.