Charging the iPad 4 when staying in England

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad 4 from a British power outlet.

British power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad 4 when they are travelling to England.When you're planning a vacation to England these useful instructions show how to power your iPad 4 by using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type British plug outlet, the Britons will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting England from another country please check your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in England

Can the iPad 4 be used in England?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in England.

England

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in England?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for England is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for England

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 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting England using 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective 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 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting England. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in England?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a British power outlet

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad 4 with a British power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad 4 using the British power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB power cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 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, around £20.
  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, priced around £15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.