How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in India

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from an Indian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power charger, recharging the iPad using a Type D USB adapter and powering the iPad using a 3 pinned Type M USB plug

Indian power outlet

If organizing a trip it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you're there. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in India you could bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPad when they're staying abroad.This page contains a useful guide showing you exactly how to power the iPad when you're in India using their Type D, C or M Indian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Indians normally use the Type D wall outlets. You'll discover most power sockets are different regionally so we recommend that you read our WikiConnections global power supplies page for a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If visiting India from a different region check your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in India

Can the iPad be used in India?

You can connect the iPad to an Indian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in India?

If travelling with more than your iPad or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for India is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Indians use three different types of plug sockets (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for India

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to India.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 India.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in India?

Powering the iPad with an Indian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from an Indian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad using the Indian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with an Indian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPad from an Indian power outlet using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad from the Indian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally included with the iPad by Apple.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Indian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Indian 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 charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from an Indian power outlet

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

Using an Apple 30 pin connector and a three pin Type M USB adapter to charge your iPad from an Indian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using an Indian power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPad.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type M power outlet [8]) can be recognised by the three large round holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - India Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 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/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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters