Charging the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Hong Kong

How to connect a Hong Kong power outlet to the iPad 2

Hong Kong power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your gadgets at your hotel. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you're travelling abroad.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPad 2 when travelling to Hong Kong using a standard 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong plug outlet, the Hongkongers will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. You will find power supplies differ depending on which region you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Hong Kong from another region ensure that your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Hong Kong

Can you use the iPad 2 in Hong Kong?

You can use the iPad 2 in Hong Kong.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Hong Kong?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad 2 then the best travel adapter for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your Hong Kong trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 2 at an airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer; the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 2, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Hong Kong and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Hong Kong.
  • 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 and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Hong Kong.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Hong Kong?

Powering the iPad 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power charger to charge your iPad 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 2 using the Hong Kong power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPad 2).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Wikipedia.org entry about Hong Kong
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters