How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Japan

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad with a Japanese power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger and recharging the iPad using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Japanese power outlet

Differing region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a foreign country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPad in Japan. These instructions have been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.These instructions will show you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad when you're in Japan by using the standard Type B or A Japanese 100 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Japanese normally use the Type B wall outlets. If the iPad does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Japan from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your iPad is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Japan

Can you use the iPad in Japan?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Japan.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Japan?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad then the best international travel charger for Japan is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Japanese use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Japan. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Japan using 3 pinned type B US 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 the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Japan?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad with a Japanese power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using the Japanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPad).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Japanese power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Japanese power outlet

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad from the Japanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is usually already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Japanese power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short live and neutral plug outlet blades slide into with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Japanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - wikipedia entry about Japan
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters