Charging an iPad Air 2 when visiting Australia

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from an Australian power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type I USB adapter.

Australian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPad Air 2 when they are visiting Australia.This page is a guide demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your iPad Air 2 in Australia using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I Australian power outlet. You will find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Oceania page for a full list of countries. If you are travelling to Australia from a different country please ensure that the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Australia

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Australia?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to an Australian power outlet.

Australia

What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Australia?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 then the best international travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

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 Air 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Australia 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Australia using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6]
What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Australia?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Australian power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from an Australian power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type I USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air 2 using the Australian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it in the Australian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by three slots for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets, check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Australia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing £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, priced £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.