How to charge your iPad 2 from a power outlet in North Korea

A page on how to power your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F power adapter, charging the iPad 2 using a 2 pinned Type A USB charger and how to recharge the iPad 2 using a two pin Type C USB adapter

North Korean power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they can power the iPad 2 abroad.When visiting North Korea this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPad 2 using their F, A or C type 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You will find that most power sockets are different from country to country therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power connections list for a full list showing countries. If travelling to North Korea from another country please make sure your iPad 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan to visit a North Korean destination like Pyongyang we suggest referring to the North Korea country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in North Korea

Can you use the iPad 2 in North Korea?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in North Korea.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in North Korea?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 then the best international travel power adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of wall outlets that North Koreans use (types F, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to North Korea using 3 pinned type B US 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 the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting North Korea. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in North Korea?

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type A power charger to power your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad 2 from the North Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad 2).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the North Korean power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent slots where the blades sit.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 2 using a North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPad 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet

Powering the iPad 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPad 2 from a North Korean power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPad 2 using a North Korean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with the iPad 2 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is recharging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - North Korea country entry on wikipedia.org
  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, between $5 to $10 USD (£1-£2 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under 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, costing under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).