How to charge your iPad 2 from a power outlet in England

How to connect a British power outlet to the iPad 2

British power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country for the first time traveller. This page has useful instructions showing you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad 2 in England by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Britons will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting England from a different region please ensure that the iPad 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in England

Can the iPad 2 be used in England?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a British power outlet.

England

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in England?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for England to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. 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 power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPad 2 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both England and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting England using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting England. [6]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in England?

Charging the iPad 2 from a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type G USB adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a British power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 using the British power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This power outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about England
  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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.