Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in UK

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type G power adapter to power your iPad 3 with a UK power outlet.

UK power outlet

If you are packing for a trip to The United Kingdom it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you reach your hotel. Without knowing which wall socket is being used in The United Kingdom you could end up either having to bring too many adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause damage to the device. Different standards and sockets can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad 3 . This page was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you're in staying in The United Kingdom.This page contains instructions showing you how to power your iPad 3 in The United Kingdom by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, with the British using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. If you are travelling to The United Kingdom from a different country please check that your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in UK

Can you use the iPad 3 in UK?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a UK power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in The United Kingdom?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for The United Kingdom is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for UK

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. 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 going to UK using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting UK.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a UK power outlet

Learn how to charge your iPad 3 from a UK power outlet with a 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from the UK power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the UK 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 tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a UK power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - UK Wikipedia 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/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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters