How to charge the iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in UK

How to connect a UK power outlet to an iPad Air 2

UK power outlet

Differing region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when you are staying abroad.If you're visiting The United Kingdom these useful instructions show powering your iPad Air 2 using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G UK wall outlet, with the British using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. You'll discover that most power sockets differ from country to country so please read our Wikiconnections global power connections guide where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to The United Kingdom from another region double check your iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend on travelling to tourist destinations such as London we also recommend referring to the wikipedia.org entry about The United Kingdom [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in UK

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in UK?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a UK power outlet.

What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in The United Kingdom?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for The United Kingdom is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for UK

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but 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 devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both UK and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting UK using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting UK.
What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in The United Kingdom?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a UK power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Learn how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a UK power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 using a UK power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the UK power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 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 UK power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a UK power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about The United Kingdom
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters