How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Vietnam

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge the iPad 3 with a Vietnamese power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB charger, how to charge the iPad 3 using a two pin Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad 3 using a 2 pinned Type C USB plug

Vietnamese power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and cameras that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is used you may end up either over packing with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad 3 in Vietnam. The following step by step instructions shows you what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 3 when travelling to Vietnam by using their G, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Vietnamese. Most power sources will change depending on which area you visiting therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets list for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If visiting Vietnam from a different region double check the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad 3 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Vietnam

Can the iPad 3 be used in Vietnam?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a Vietnamese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Vietnam?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 3 the best travel charger for Vietnam to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Vietnamese use three different standards of wall outlets (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 plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Vietnam. Only packing a single travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

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 recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Vietnam and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Vietnam.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Vietnam?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Apple 30 pin connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPad 3 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 3 using a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is usually already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 3 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Learn how to power your iPad 3 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin connector and a three pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 3 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 normally include the cable with your iPad 3.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin blades slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad 3 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Vietnamese power outlet

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge the iPad 3 with a Vietnamese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. To power the iPad 3 from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Vietnamese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [8], is recognised by 2 holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Vietnamese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam Wikipedia 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/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