Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Hong Kong

How to connect a Hong Kong power outlet to the iPad 3

Hong Kong power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This step by step guide will show you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 3 in Hong Kong using their standard 220 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, with the Hongkongese using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If visiting Hong Kong from a different country please ensure your iPad 3 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Hong Kong

Can you use the iPad 3 in Hong Kong?

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

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Hong Kong?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your iPad 3 the best international travel charger for Hong Kong to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Hong Kong trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Hong Kong we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, however for visitors 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 is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Hong Kong.
  • 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Hong Kong?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Hong Kong power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a 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] (the USB cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Hong Kong power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger 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. Switch on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from 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/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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters