How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Wales

How to connect a Welsh power outlet to the iPad 4

Welsh power outlet

When organizing a vacation to Wales it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is used you could end up either weighing your suitcases down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was written to assist people wanting to power the iPad 4 when they are travelling to Wales.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the iPad 4 when you are travelling to Wales by using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type Welsh wall outlet, with the Welsh using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. Most power sockets differ from country to country therefore please read our Wikiconnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. If you are visiting Wales from a different country ensure the iPad 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Wales

Can you use the iPad 4 in Wales?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Wales.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Wales?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Wales is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with more 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 pack a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Wales and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Wales using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Wales?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 using the Welsh power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally supplied with the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Welsh power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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