How to charge the iPad 2 when staying in South Korea

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger to power your iPad 2 from a South Korean power outlet and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type F power plug.

South Korean power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop travellers needing to worry if they can power the iPad 2 when going to South Korea.If you're going to travel to South Korea these useful instructions show how to supply power to your iPad 2 using their F or C type 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of South Koreans normally use the Type F wall outlets. Power sources will change from country to country therefore please read the WikiConnections global power connections list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to South Korea from another country please ensure that the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in South Korea

Can the iPad 2 be used in South Korea?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a South Korean power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 2 in South Korea?

If travelling with more than your iPad 2 then the best international travel power adapter for South Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. South Koreans use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to South Korea or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

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 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting South Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 South Korea. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 2 in South Korea?

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to recharge your iPad 2 from a South Korean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 2 using a South Korean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins. Type C electrical sockets in South Korea might not be as common as Type F sockets.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a South Korean power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 2 with a South Korean power outlet by using a USB 30-pin connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 2 using the South Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically supplied with the iPad 2 by Apple.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. The recessed circular power outlet (called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes and metal grounding clips above and below. The most frequently found outlets in South Korea are Type F plug sockets.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a South Korean power outlet

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, £10-£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, costs £5-£10.
  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.