How to charge the iPad 4 from a power outlet in North Korea

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 4 with a North Korean power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger, powering the iPad 4 using a 2 pinned Type A USB charger and charging the iPad 4 using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug

North Korean power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 when you're abroad.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your iPad 4 when you're visiting North Korea by using the standard types F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz power outlets. When visiting North Korea from another country please ensure the iPad 4 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure the iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you're planning on travelling to a city such as Pyongyang or Hamhung please read the North Korean Wiki page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in North Korea

Can the iPad 4 be used in North Korea?

You can connect the iPad 4 to a North Korean power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in North Korea?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that North Koreans use (types F, A and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPad 4 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

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 via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters 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 to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both North Korea 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting North Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in North Korea?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a North Korean power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPad 4 from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 4 from the North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad 4 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a North Korean power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a North Korean power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 4 with a North Korean power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 4 from the North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad 4 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. The power supply, also called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [6], is identified by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a North Korean power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB charger to power your iPad 4 from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad 4 using a North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPad 4.
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This round power outlet (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 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 Korean Wiki page
  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, priced around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-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, 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, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).