How to charge the iPad Air 2 when staying in India

Simple instructions showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 with an Indian power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power charger, how to recharge an iPad Air 2 using a Type C power charger and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a three pinned Type M USB adapter

Indian power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop travellers needing to worry if they can power the iPad Air 2 when going to India.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air 2 when you're in India by using the standard Type D, C or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Indians use Type D sockets in their power outlets. When you are visiting India from a different country double check your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in India

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in India?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to an Indian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in India?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for India is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of wall outlets in India (types D, C and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for India

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 going to India.
  • 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers a more generous 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in India?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Air 2 from an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power an iPad Air 2 using an Indian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by the 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from an Indian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Indian power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 with an Indian power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. To supply power to an iPad Air 2 using an Indian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Indian power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a Type M power charger to power your iPad Air 2 from an Indian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air 2 from the Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically supply the USB cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the Indian power outlet. This power supply (called a Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three large round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Indian 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 should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - Indian 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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