How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Vietnam

Using a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a Vietnamese power outlet, powering the iPad 4 using a Type A power adapter and powering the iPad 4 using a double pin Type C Europlug power plug

Vietnamese power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never visited before. The following step by step guide will show you how to charge your iPad 4 when you're visiting Vietnam by using their Type G, A or C Vietnamese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will find most Vietnamese use Type G power outlets. When travelling to Vietnam from another country check the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Vietnam

Can the iPad 4 be used in Vietnam?

You can use the iPad 4 in Vietnam by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Vietnam?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best international travel power adapter for Vietnam is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in Vietnam (types G, A and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

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 4, but for visitors also wishing 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. These power adapters come 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 best selling portable 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Vietnam?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 4 using a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese 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 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 4 using a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your iPad 4 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [6], is identified by two adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese 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 4 is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPad 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 4 using a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your iPad 4 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese 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 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 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 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