How to charge the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Taiwan

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a two pinned Type A power charger to power the iPad 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type B power charger.

Taiwanese power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you're in Taiwan.When you're visiting Taiwan these instructions show how to charge the iPad 2 using their standard types B or A Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Taiwanese use the Type B power outlets. You will discover most power supplies change regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. If the iPad 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Taiwan from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPad 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Taiwan

Can the iPad 2 be used in Taiwan?

You can use the iPad 2 in Taiwan by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Taiwan?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Taiwan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Taiwanese use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Taiwan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Taiwan.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Taiwan?

Charging the iPad 2 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a two pinned Type A power charger to power the iPad 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 2 from the Taiwanese power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge the iPad 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 2 from the Taiwanese power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad 2 by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan Wikipedia web page
  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/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