Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Bhutan

A guide showing how to power your iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C power charger, charging the iPad 3 using a three pin Type G power plug and charging the iPad 3 using a three pin Type D power plug

Bhutanese power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 3 abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPad 3 when going to Bhutan using the standard G, C, D, F or M type Bhutanese 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll find power will change from country to country so we recommend reading the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Bhutan from another country please check the iPad 3 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your iPad 3 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Bhutan

Can you use the iPad 3 in Bhutan?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a Bhutanese power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Bhutan?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Bhutan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. There are five different standards of plug sockets in Bhutan (types G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Bhutan we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Bhutan.
  • 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. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Bhutan.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Bhutan?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Charging the iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide showing how to power your iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Bhutanese power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug, can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type D power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 3 using the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device).
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power outlet by three holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cord 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. The sunken round plug outlet (sometimes known as a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bhutanese power outlet

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

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type M power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 3 using a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 large holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cord 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan - Bhutanese Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_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