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I need a normal eu charger for my iPad 2

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    I bought my iPad in a local hypermarket and it came with what I would say is a US charger, anyway I cannot charge my iPad using a power supply socket eg. Home power supply. I noticed that trying to charge it using the USB cable only works when the iPad is turned off and even slow it takes ages to recharge.

    Anybody know a place I could order one transformer cable for my iPad 2 cheap?

    Thanks in advance
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    Amazon would be my first port of call.

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    You'll find the plug part of the charger is detachable (it's a close fit, so can be difficult to see how it detaches). At any Apple store - or on-line - you can buy an EU power plug - i.e just the detachable part and not the whole charger. As you have noticed a USB PC socket charges the iPad very slowly. The iPad charger is a special high-current charger that charges the iPad much more quickly.

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    Great minds think alike - well, actually mine is not too great today...:(

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    Your mind is certainly working faster then mine today.

    It may actually be cheaper to just buy the one adapter from an AppleStore, rather then the whole travel kit
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    Thanks for the options but neither Amazon or apple store ships to my country :( I cannot find any adapter to fit in the slot when the charger is detached in local stores or online shops locally. I was wondering if anyone knows of a online store preferably based in EU that sells them for 20 25$.
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    That is odd, that none of the above ship to your country. Where do you live?
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    Amazon.com $14.95 (used)you get an official Apple 10 watt charger brick and cable. That is what you need. Search in Electronics ... type in iPad charger.

    Update ... since you are not in US, try Apple direct ... $29.00 or find a store that distributes iPads... they might have them. There are no cheap substitutes.
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    The iPad charger connects to its power plug (the detachable part) via an international standard so-called IEC connector. Any IEC connector - typically one that comes with even domestic appliances - will fit. OK - it's not as neat as the small Apple part but it fits perfectly.

    I use one off my old portable stereo - it's a simple two-pin connector - look around your house, I'd be amazed if you didn't have one.

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    Hold on, you say you bought an iPad in the local hypermarket yet neither amazon or apple ship to your country........something is definitely wrong here.......it really would be so much easier if you told us your location, how can we help if you tell us neither ship to you but don't tell us where you are? Is it a secret?

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    Thanks mad hatter, I currently have nobody in the US to help me out people are busy these days.. But yeah I found what I was looking for for only 10$ Free shipping here
    5V2A USB Charger For EU Plug if anyone needs cheap accessories.
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    The question remains, in which country do you live, that is embargoed by Apple, as well as Amazon. Especially Amazon usually sends items overseas without problems.
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    I was surprised too, but apparently Amazon.com doesn't quite ship everywhere for everything.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_468520_intl596184?ie=UTF8&nodeId=596184]Amazon.com Help: International Shipping[/ame]


    A good sized list, but lots of missing countries.
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    There are what, four, five modern standards? Someone outside of Europe is bound to use the same standard. I ran across this a year or so ago while researching power cords for a dryer. Let me see if I can find the Wikipedia article.

    (insert Jeopardy theme)

    Wow, even bigger article than I thought. There is a world map of plug types about half way down. Seems most of Europe uses type C and grounded variations of. A standard followed by about a third of the world.

    AC power plugs and sockets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And I heavily underestimated the current number of standards, though some of them could be grouped together for compatibility, and least in the backwards direction.
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    I live in Romania, it isn't a secret but didn't find it very important to mention just because I am pretty sure neither Amazon for Apple can solve my problem.

    Going through all the ordering process with amazon will just end up telling me they do not ship here.. and Apple definitely has some kind of "embargo" on Romania :D

    Thanks guys
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    Nope.

    Where do you live? There are Apple stores in some of Bucharest malls.

    What's the name again of the mall near Ikea, Brico Store and Metro? They have a store there selling Apple goods.
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    There is one apple shop in one of the malls in my city as well, Bucharest has more but I recently visited Bucharest and my local mall and I must say I am disappointed with my findings.

    Prices here are just too high, not to mention most products like smart covers, apple chargers (individual chargers), headsets, cases aren't sold in these shops, instead they sell certain other replacement brands and the only reason is the price, people would never buy from them. In romanian online shops prices are at least 25% lower than the shops, but again most products aren't available. I've researched everything carefully. Just as an example and this will explain everything, the world travel kit from apple that has been mentioned earlier in this thread can be found in apple shops but not the original one, instead they sell a non name brand for 400 RON or 140$. Well checking Apple's store i can see it sells for 39$. Price was an issue for me. I would just went and bought that 140$ if price wasn't the issue. Everything is a steal here. Probably 5% of the population affords an iPad here and those who do and actually buy one are fooled with either over priced ipads or fake accessories. Sad..

    I am trying to get myself a smart cover for 2 weeks now. First of I will mention no apple shop or any other brick or mortar store in romania sells it, I am pretty sure about it researching various forums and websites, people confirm it. Well to the point, the cheapest smart cover I came by in an online store is 256 ron or 88$ when apple store sells them for 39$ :).. I would be glad if I could find someone in the US or EU country to order an original smart cover and world travel kit for me. I would go under 100$ including shipping and taxes. Where the 100$ would only allow me to buy an original smart cover here.
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    Well yes, prices in Romania are higher for imported goods, even though it is now part of the EU. You should expect to pay an extra 25% for most modern technology, or even western food. I am afraid, that is just the way it is.

    I had been living in romania, Bucharest for a few years. The summers are really nice, so warm and you have a sunny blue sky almost every day, I really miss that weather here in cloudy Scotland. Silly me, always thinking of where I would rather be :D

    Anyway, here are a few links to look at. The first two are for smart covers, the latter for world travel kit. You can't find smart covers for less then 220 and the travel kit will almost always set you back at least 190 Ron. But I agree, finding Apple items instore can be difficult, as few shops sell original accessories.

    http://www.quickmobile.ro/apple-ipa...mania&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=direct_link
    http://telefonultau.eu/products/Apple-Smart-Cover-for-iPad-2-grey.html
    http://www.shopmania.ro/magazin~onl...pple-world-travel-adapter-kit~p-10304332.html

    And lastly, your calculation didn't quite work out, as the US prices are without tax. It is better to use a European currency for comparison, as those include tax. But as said before, living in romania is expensive, if you want to buy technology, on the other hand, local food is really cheap.

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