How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Belgium

A guide showing how to power your iPad Air with a Belgian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger and recharging the iPad Air using a 2 pinned Type E power plug.

Belgian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad Air in Belgium. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when you're in going to Belgium.If you're planning a vacation to Belgium this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPad Air using the standard types E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type E wall outlets will be normally used by most Belgians. If travelling to Belgium from a different region double check the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Belgium

Can you use the iPad Air in Belgium?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Belgium by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Belgium is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Belgians use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Belgian trip. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Belgium. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Belgium?

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

A page on how to recharge the iPad Air with a Belgian power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad Air from a Belgian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Belgian power outlet

Powering the iPad Air with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPad Air from a Belgian power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Type E USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from the Belgian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad Air.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Belgian power outlet. This round plug outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Belgium
  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 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, costs 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, priced at 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20.