Charging your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in England

How to connect a British power outlet to an iPad Air 2

British power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to England it can often be useful to know if you can power all your gadgets such as mobiles and cameras when you get there. However by not knowing which power supply is used you could pack the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible. Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy 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 your iPad Air 2 abroad.This page has step by step instructions which shows what you'll need to power your iPad Air 2 when you are travelling to England using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type British wall outlet, the Britons will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are visiting England from another country please check the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on staying somewhere such as London or Bath we recommend reading the British Wikipedia web page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in England

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in England?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in England.

England

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in England?

When travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 then the best travel power adapter for England is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your British trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to England we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for England

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both England and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting England using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 England. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in England?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a British power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 from a British power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Air 2 from a British power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the British power outlet. This plug outlet (known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 rectangular slots in a triangular configuration.
  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 an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a British power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - British Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costs £20-£25.
  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, £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.