Charging the iPad Air in Taiwan

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPad Air with a Taiwanese power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Type A power adapter and charging the iPad Air using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Taiwanese power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they can charge their iPad Air when they are staying in Taiwan.If you are going to Taiwan the following instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Air using the standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Taiwanese will normally use Type B plug outlets. You will find power sockets differ depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the World power supplies page for a full list of countries. If your iPad Air slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Taiwan from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Taiwan

Can you use the iPad Air in Taiwan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Taiwanese power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Taiwan?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air the best travel power adapter for Taiwan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets that Taiwanese use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred 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 foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for visitors also wanting 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 useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to Taiwan using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Taiwan?

Powering the iPad Air with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPad Air with a Taiwanese power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from a Taiwanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the Taiwanese power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by 2 adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPad Air from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger to charge the iPad Air from a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air from a Taiwanese power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6], is identified by two slots with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the USB adapter 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. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from 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/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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters