How to charge the iPad in Wales

How to connect a Welsh power outlet to the iPad

Welsh power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad when you are visiting Wales.If you are going to Wales these useful instructions show how to power your iPad by using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type Welsh wall outlet, the Welsh will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. When travelling to Wales from another country double check the iPad can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Wales

Can the iPad be used in Wales?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Wales.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Wales?

If travelling with more than just your iPad the best travel power adapter for Wales is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility 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 under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of 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, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 North America visiting Wales.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Wales?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad from a Welsh power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad using a Welsh power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical slots forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Welsh power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Welsh Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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