Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Vietnam

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPad Air from a Vietnamese power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB adapter, powering the iPad Air using a two pin Type A power charger and recharging the iPad Air using a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter

Vietnamese power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when staying in Vietnam.If planning a trip to Vietnam these instructions show powering the iPad Air by using the types G, A or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Vietnamese. If you are visiting Vietnam from a different region please check the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Vietnam

Can you use the iPad Air in Vietnam?

You can use the iPad Air in Vietnam.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Vietnam?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power 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 wall outlets that Vietnamese use (types G, A and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

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 Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad Air supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose 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 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 Air, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Vietnam using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Vietnam?

Powering the iPad Air with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPad Air from a Vietnamese power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad Air using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by three rectangular holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up which typically takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge your iPad Air with a Vietnamese power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the Vietnamese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Vietnamese power outlet

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Air with a Vietnamese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [8] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Vietnamese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam entry on wikipedia
  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