How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Wales

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Welsh power outlet.

Welsh power outlet

If packing for a trip it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any vital devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you're there. But without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either over packing with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power your iPad Air 2 in Wales. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when you're in going to Wales.If you're planning a vacation to Wales this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting Wales from a different region please ensure that 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 120v check your iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Wales

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Wales?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Wales by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in Wales?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Wales is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

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 Air 2, however for those 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 crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Wales using 3 pin 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 is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Wales.
What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in Wales?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Welsh power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Welsh power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 vertical rectangular holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wikipedia page about Wales
  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