Charging the iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Austria

A guide showing how to power an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

Austrian power outlet

If planning a vacation it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or cameras when you're there. But by not knowing which power supply is being used you could pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Air 2. Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never visited before. This page was written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPad Air 2 abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to charge your iPad Air 2 when visiting Austria using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Austrians will use the Type F power outlets. If you are visiting Austria from another country make sure your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Austria

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Austria?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Austria by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Austria?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 the best international travel adapter for Austria is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Austrians 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. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. 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 Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters 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. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Austria 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Austria.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Austria. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Austria?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector and a two pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with an Austrian power outlet.

  1. To charge an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Austrian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pinned Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air 2 using the Austrian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Air 2 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round power supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins sit and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Austrian 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 Air 2 is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Austria 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, around $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, costs 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, costing between $15 to $20.