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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge your iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet and how to charge the iPad 4 using a double pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

South Korean power outlet

If packing for a holiday it is helpful to know if you can charge your common gadgets at your destination. However, by not knowing which power socket is used in South Korea you could end up either weighing your luggage down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable adaptor on arrival. Complicated voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPad 4 when travelling to South Korea by using their Type F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most South Koreans. You will discover power will change depending on which country you are visiting so please read the Asia page for a complete list of countries. If you are travelling to South Korea 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 (for example 110 volts) check your iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in South Korea

Can the iPad 4 be used in South Korea?

You can use the iPad 4 in South Korea by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in South Korea?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for South Korea is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. South Koreans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated 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 South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties 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 South 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting South Korea using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting South Korea. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in South Korea?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge your iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. The wall supply can be identified by the 2 holes next to each other. Type C electrical outlets in South Korea aren't as commonplace as Type F sockets.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet

Charging the iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 4 using a South Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two large circular adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below. Type F plug sockets are the most commonly used outlets in South Korea.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB adapter 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. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 4 from a South Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitkorea - Korea Tourism Organization site
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under 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 at between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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 (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 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).