Charging the iPad Air 2 when visiting Vietnam

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet, charging an iPad Air 2 using a Type G USB charger and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a Type C Europlug power adapter

Vietnamese power outlet

When packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can use your indispensable devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Air 2. Differing voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. When you are staying in Vietnam the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad Air 2 by using their standard G, A or C type Vietnamese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Vietnamese normally use the Type G power outlets. You'll discover power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Asia and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Vietnam from a different country please make sure your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Vietnam

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Vietnam?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Vietnam by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Vietnam?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Air 2 then the best international travel adapter for Vietnam is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of plug sockets in Vietnam (G, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when 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 and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Vietnam and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Vietnam.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Vietnam?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three rectangular holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [6], can be recognised by two slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Vietnamese power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - wikipedia entry about Vietnam
  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 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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