Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Wales

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type G USB charger to power the iPad 2 from a Welsh power outlet.

Welsh power outlet

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This page contains simple instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPad 2 when you are travelling to Wales by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Welsh using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If you are visiting Wales from a different region please double check your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your iPad 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you intend on travelling to somewhere like Cardiff or Bangor we recommend reading the Wales country wikipedia page [1] for more information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Wales

Can you use the iPad 2 in Wales?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a Welsh power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Wales?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 2 or visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Wales is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Welsh trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 2 at an airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Wales we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully 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 any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but 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 crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Wales and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Wales using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 travel charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Wales?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Welsh power outlet

A guide showing how to power your iPad 2 with a Welsh power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 2 from the Welsh 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. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Welsh power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Welsh power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wales country wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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