Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in India

A guide showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with an Indian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type M power charger, charging the iPad 4 using a two pin Europlug Type C power charger and charging the iPad 4 using a 3 pin Type D USB plug

Indian power outlet

When packing for a holiday to India it is useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 when you're in travelling to India.If you're visiting India the following useful instructions show powering the iPad 4 using the D, C or M type Indian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Indians will typically use Type D power outlets. Power supplies will vary from region to region therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. When you are visiting India from another country double check the iPad 4 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your iPad 4 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in India

Can you use the iPad 4 in India?

You can connect the iPad 4 to an Indian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in India?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 4 and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for India is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different types of wall outlets in India (D, C and M) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad 4 at an airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

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 4, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting India 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 India.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in India?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPad 4 with an Indian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 from the Indian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad 4.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Indian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Indian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type D USB charger to power the iPad 4 from an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 4 using the Indian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the three circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Indian power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type M USB adapter to power your iPad 4 with an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 from an Indian power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the Indian power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called the Type M power outlet [8], can be identified by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 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 web 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