Charging the iPad 2 when planning a trip to India

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPad 2 with an Indian power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter, charging the iPad 2 using a Type D USB charger and charging the iPad 2 using a Type M USB plug

Indian power outlet

When packing for a trip to India it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets when you're there. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used in India you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad 2. Complicated combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad 2 . This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you are going abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPad 2 when travelling to India using the types D, C or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type D power outlets will be used by a majority of Indians. You'll discover that power supplies are different depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to India from a different country please check the iPad 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you plan on staying at a city like Mumbai or Delhi we also suggest reading the India Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in India

Can you use the iPad 2 in India?

You can use the iPad 2 in India by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 2 in India?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 2 the best international travel adapter for India is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different types of power outlets that Indians use (D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

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 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both India and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to India using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 2 in India?

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with an Indian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 2 from an Indian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 2.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Indian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with an Indian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type D USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 using the Indian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. The power outlet (technically called the Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 circular holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Indian 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 iPad is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 2 from an Indian power outlet

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type M USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 2 using an Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an Indian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - India Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters