How to charge the iPad 2 in Belgium

A guide on how to charge the iPad 2 from a Belgian power outlet using the Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type C power adapter and recharging the iPad 2 using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Belgian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad 2 . This guide was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 abroad.This page contains a simple guide which shows exactly how to supply power to the iPad 2 when staying in Belgium using their standard types E or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type E power outlets are typically used by most Belgians. When you are travelling to Belgium from another country check the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Belgium

Can the iPad 2 be used in Belgium?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Belgium.

Belgium

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Belgium?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Belgians use (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Belgian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Belgium. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Belgium?

Charging the iPad 2 from a Belgian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPad 2 from a Belgian power outlet using the Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 from the Belgian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPad 2.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Belgian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 2 with a Belgian power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 using the Belgian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with the iPad 2.
  2. Firstly plug the Type E USB power adapter into the Belgian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with one long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Belgian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Belgium page on wikipedia
  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, costs under $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, estimated price between $5 to $10.
  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, under $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.