How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to The Philippines

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type C USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad 4 using a Type A power charger and charging the iPad 4 using a Type B USB adapter

Filipino power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can power all your important electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in The Philippines you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you arrive. Different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge the iPad 4 when they are visiting The Philippines.When visiting The Philippines this page contains useful instructions showing you how to power your iPad 4 by using the standard C, A or B type 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type C power outlets are normally used by a majority of Filipinas. When visiting The Philippines from another country please check your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend to visit a Filipino city such as Quezon City we recommend reading the The Philippines country Wiki page [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in The Philippines

Can the iPad 4 be used in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in The Philippines by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in The Philippines?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad 4 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for The Philippines is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Filipinas use three different standards of power outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your model of iPad 4 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 hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable 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 Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to The Philippines 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in The Philippines?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet

A guide showing you how to power your iPad 4 with a Filipino power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad 4).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Filipino power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by two adjacent slots next to each other. Please note that power cables with type A plugs which are rated at only 125 volts should not be used so please check first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 4).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by 2 thin slots next to each other where the two plug outlet blades go with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin. Note power cables used with type B plugs which are rated at 125 V should not be used in The Philippines so we recommend checking first.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad 4).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Filipino power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines country Wiki 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters