Charging the iPad 4 in UK

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to power the iPad 4 with a UK power outlet.

UK power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. These step-by-step instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 4 when travelling to The United Kingdom by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G UK power outlet, the British will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When visiting The United Kingdom from another country check the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan to stay somewhere such as London or Edinburgh we recommend reading the UK page on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth information on the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in UK

Can you use the iPad 4 in UK?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a UK power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in The United Kingdom?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for The United Kingdom to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to The United Kingdom we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for UK

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to UK.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 UK.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a UK power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to power the iPad 4 with a UK power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 4 using the UK power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the UK power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a UK power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - UK page on Wikipedia.org
  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