Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in The Philippines

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air with a Filipino power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type B USB charger, how to power the iPad Air using a Type A USB charger and charging the iPad Air using a double pin Type C USB charger

Filipino power outlet

If packing for a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your vital electrical devices such as mobiles and cameras when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in The Philippines you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you need to recharge which could be incompatible and damage the iPad Air. Different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country especially for the first time traveller. When you are visiting The Philippines the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Air by using their standard Type C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type C power outlets will be normally used by most Filipinos. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are visiting The Philippines from another country make sure the iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on visiting a Filipino city like Quezon City we suggest reading the Filipino country Wiki page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in The Philippines

Can you use the iPad Air in The Philippines?

You can use the iPad Air in The Philippines.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in The Philippines?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air the best travel charger for The Philippines to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Filipinas use three different standards of wall outlets (types C, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 converter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Philippines using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in The Philippines?

Charging the iPad Air from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A power adapter to power the iPad Air with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air using the Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two thin adjacent slots next to each other. Please note power cords used with type A outlets which are rated at only 125 volts should not be used in The Philippines so we suggest checking first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Filipino power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air with a Filipino power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from the Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Air).
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6], is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin. Please be aware that power cords with type B plugs which are rated at 125 V shouldn't be used so please check prior to turning the power on.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Filipino power outlet

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPad Air from a Filipino power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using the Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (called the Type C power outlet [8] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - Filipino 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