Charging the iPad 3 from a power outlet in Australia

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type I USB charger to recharge the iPad 3 from an Australian power outlet.

Australian power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your iPad 3 . These guidelines have been specifically written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPad 3 abroad.When you are visiting Australia the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad 3 by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. If travelling to Australia from a different country please make sure your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Australia

Can the iPad 3 be used in Australia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to an Australian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

Australia

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Australia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Australia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this online; the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters 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 international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Australia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Australia?

Charging the iPad 3 from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type I USB adapter to power the iPad 3 with an Australian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 from an Australian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already included with your iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the Australian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the three thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets so please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Australian power supply.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australia country wikipedia 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 £20-£25.
  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, estimated price around £10.