How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in India

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with an Indian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger, charging the iPad Air using a 3 pinned Type D power plug and how to recharge the iPad Air using a three pin Type M USB adapter

Indian power outlet

If packing for a vacation to India it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power your vital electronics when you arrive. However without knowing which power supply is used you could bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPad Air in India. This guide has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when abroad.When travelling to India this page has useful instructions showing you how to supply power to your iPad Air using their Type D, C or M Indian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type D wall outlets will be typically used by a majority of Indians. Most power supplies will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a full list showing countries. If travelling to India from another region double check your iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in India

Can the iPad Air be used in India?

You can connect the iPad Air to an Indian power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad Air then the best international travel charger for India is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Indians use three different standards of wall outlets (D, C and M) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your Indian trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated 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 with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for India

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both India and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in India?

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

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with an Indian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. To power your iPad Air from the Indian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Indian power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Indian power outlet

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

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air from an Indian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air from the Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPad Air.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Indian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger 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. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Indian power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter to recharge your iPad Air from an Indian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air using an Indian power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug the Type M USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as a Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three large circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - wikipedia entry about India
  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