Charging the iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to South Korea

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 with a South Korean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pin Schuko Type F power charger.

South Korean power outlet

If you are planning a vacation it's useful to know if you'll be able to power all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you could pack the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad Air 2. Differing voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad Air 2 . These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 abroad.The following instructions tells you how to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when you're travelling to South Korea using the types F or C 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most South Koreans will use the Type F power outlets. If visiting South Korea from a different region please check the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in South Korea

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in South Korea?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in South Korea?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Air 2 then the best travel power adapter for South Korea is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. South Koreans use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Korea 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting South Korea.
  • 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 offers the same set of features as 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting South Korea. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in South Korea?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a South Korean power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 with a South Korean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the South Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the South Korean power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins. Type C power sockets in South Korea aren't as common as Type F outlets.
  3. Connect the USB 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 South Korean 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 charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a South Korean power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a South Korean power outlet.

  1. To charge an iPad Air 2 from a South Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other along with two metal grounding clips above and below. The most frequently used outlets in South Korea are Type F plug sockets.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning 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 base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the South Korean 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 iPad is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Visitkorea - Korea Tourism Organization site
  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, £5-£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, under £20.
  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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.