Charging an iPad Air 2 when visiting Belgium

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Belgian power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type C USB adapter and how to recharge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Type E power charger.

Belgian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad Air 2 in Belgium. When you are travelling to Belgium this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad Air 2 by using the E or C type Belgian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you'll find a majority of Belgians will normally use Type E plug outlets. When you are travelling to Belgium from another country please double check your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Belgium

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Belgium?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Belgian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Belgium?

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Belgium is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Belgians use (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Belgium and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Belgium.
  • 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Belgium. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Belgium?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Belgian power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the Belgian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air 2).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Belgian power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Belgian power outlet

A guide showing how to power an iPad Air 2 with a Belgian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air 2 using a Belgian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The recessed round wall outlet, sometimes known as a CEE 7/7 plug or Type E power outlet [6], can be identified by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other and a long metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Belgian 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 Air 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Belgian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Belgium country Wiki 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, estimated cost between $10 to $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 at between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costs under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.