Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Thailand

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 with a Thai power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C power adapter, charging the iPad 2 using a two pin Type A power charger and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type B power adapter

Thai power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electrical devices that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it which might be incompatible. Complicated voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge the iPad 2 . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you're in staying in Thailand.When you are visiting Thailand the following instructions show how to power your iPad 2 by using their standard types B, A or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Thai. If travelling to Thailand from a different country please make sure your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure your iPad 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning to stay somewhere such as Bangkok or Hat Yai we suggest reading the Thai entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Thailand

Can you use the iPad 2 in Thailand?

You can use the iPad 2 in Thailand.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Thailand?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad 2 the best international travel adapter for Thailand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different types of wall outlets in Thailand (B, A and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 2 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel 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 smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Thailand

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 2, but 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 useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Thailand 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Thailand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 1 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Thailand.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Thailand?

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

A guide showing how to power the iPad 2 with a Thai power outlet using the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 2 using the Thai power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad 2).
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Thai power outlet. This unearthed plug supply, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Thai power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a Type B power adapter to power your iPad 2 with a Thai power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 2 using the Thai power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad 2).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Thai power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Thai power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Thai power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad 2 with a Thai power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 2 from a Thai power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad 2.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter 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. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Thai power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand - Thai entry on Wikipedia.org
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters