How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Wales

Using a Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad Air from a Welsh power outlet.

Welsh power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never been there before. When you are staying in Wales this page has useful instructions showing powering your iPad Air by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type Welsh wall outlet, the Welsh will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power supplies change regionally so please read our Wikiconnections world power connections guide for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Wales from a different country please ensure your iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Wales

Can the iPad Air be used in Wales?

You can use the iPad Air in Wales by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Wales?

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Wales is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Wales using type B 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 North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Wales. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Wales?

Powering the iPad Air with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad Air from a Welsh power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from the Welsh power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Welsh power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wales country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. - 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, estimated cost £30-£35.
  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, under £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.