How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPad 3

Scottish power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPad 3 in Scotland. These instructions were written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPad 3 abroad.When going to Scotland the following instructions show charging your iPad 3 by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish wall outlet, with the Scottish using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. You'll discover most power sockets will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power connections list for a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If visiting Scotland from a different region check your iPad 3 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad 3 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad 3 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Scotland

Can you use the iPad 3 in Scotland?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in Scotland.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Scotland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Scotland to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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 3, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Scotland using 3 pinned 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 the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Scottish power outlet

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type G power charger to power your iPad 3 from a Scottish power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 3 using the Scottish power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad 3).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Scottish power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by 3 slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish Wikipedia 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 £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, costing around £5.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.