How to charge the iPad 2 when staying in Vietnam

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter, charging the iPad 2 using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter and charging the iPad 2 using a 2 pinned Type A power plug

Vietnamese power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. 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 you'll need in advance to power your iPad 2 in Vietnam. This page has been specifically written to assist travellers wanting to charge their iPad 2 when they are staying abroad.This page contains simple instructions which shows exactly how to power the iPad 2 in Vietnam by using their G, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets are used by most Vietnamese. When you are visiting Vietnam from a different country check that your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Vietnam

Can the iPad 2 be used in Vietnam?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a Vietnamese power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your iPad 2 then the best international travel power adapter for Vietnam to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of plug sockets that Vietnamese use (types G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices.

This means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Vietnam. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Vietnam 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Vietnam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Vietnam?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type G power charger to power your iPad 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad 2 from the Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad 2.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPad 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 2 using the Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet (technically known as the Type A power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect 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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 2 from the Vietnamese 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 usually supply this USB cable with your iPad 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Vietnamese power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type C power outlet [8] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 holes next to each other where the two pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam country page 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/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 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/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