How to charge the iPad 3 in Taiwan

A guide showing you how to power your iPad 3 with a Taiwanese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a three pinned Type A power charger and charging the iPad 3 using a 3 pin Type B USB charger.

Taiwanese power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to prepare people wanting to power the iPad 3 abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad 3 when staying in Taiwan using their standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets will be normally used by most Taiwanese. If your iPad 3 does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Taiwan from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPad 3 is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on visiting destinations like Taipei City or Taichung read the Taiwan page on Wikipedia.org [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Taiwan

Can the iPad 3 be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in Taiwan.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Taiwan?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best travel adapter for Taiwan to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Taiwanese use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad 3 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Taiwan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Taiwan. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Taiwan?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing you how to power your iPad 3 with a Taiwanese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a three pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To power the iPad 3 using a Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPad 3).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Taiwanese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type B USB charger to power the iPad 3 with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 3 from a Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad 3).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Taiwanese power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Taiwan page 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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costing between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, under $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).