How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Bhutan

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a three pin Type D USB adapter, powering the iPad using a Type G power charger and how to recharge the iPad using a 2 pinned Type C power plug

Bhutanese power outlet

Different voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad . This page was specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPad when going abroad.When you are visiting Bhutan these instructions show how to power the iPad using their standard types G, C, D, F or M 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are travelling to Bhutan from another country please check that your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPad is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a Bhutanese place such as Thimphu or Phuntsholing please read the Bhutanese country page on Wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Bhutan

Can the iPad be used in Bhutan?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Bhutan?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad the best travel power adapter for Bhutan to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. Bhutanese use five different standards of power outlets (G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bhutan and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America visiting Bhutan using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers a generous 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Bhutan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Bhutan?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type G power charger to recharge the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Bhutanese 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 usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad using a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply, also known as the Type C power outlet [6], can be identified by two round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese 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 which should take between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a three pin Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad from the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with your iPad by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type D USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three round holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet with a USB 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet (called a Type F power outlet [10] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit along with thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type M power charger to recharge the iPad with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type M power outlet [12]) can be identified by three holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bhutanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan - Bhutanese country page on Wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  13. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  14. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters