Charging the iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in North Korea

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Schuko Type F USB adapter, how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pin Type A power adapter and charging an iPad Air 2 using a double pinned Europlug Type C USB plug

North Korean power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to power their iPad Air 2 when staying in North Korea.When you are travelling to North Korea the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad Air 2 by using their standard F, A or C type North Korean 220 volt 60Hz power outlets. When travelling to North Korea from a different country please check the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in North Korea

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in North Korea?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a North Korean power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in North Korea?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets that North Koreans use (F, A and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your North Korean trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to North Korea we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both North Korea and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting North Korea using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality 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 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in North Korea?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to power an iPad Air 2 from a North Korean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To charge an iPad Air 2 from a North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the North Korean power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge an iPad Air 2 from a North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include this USB cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the North Korean power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a North Korean power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a North Korean power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the North Korean power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the North Korean power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a North Korean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about North Korea
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around $5 USD (£1-£2 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).