How to charge the iPad 2 in Australia

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type I USB charger to power the iPad 2 with an Australian power outlet.

Australian power outlet

If you are planning to travel it can often be helpful to know if you can power all your indispensable electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket is being used in Australia you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible. Different standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPad 2 when they're staying abroad.If you're travelling to Australia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 2 by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I Australian power outlet. When visiting Australia from another country double check the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Australia

Can the iPad 2 be used in Australia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Australia.

Australia

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Australia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries 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.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated 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 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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied 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 international 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 Australia 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Australia?

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 2 from an Australian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad 2 with an Australian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type I power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Australian power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is usually included with the iPad 2.
  2. Firstly plug the Type I USB power adapter into the Australian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please note that the live and neutral pins are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets therefore check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Australian power supply.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 2 from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australian Wikipedia web page
  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 around £20.
  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, around £10.