Charging the iPad 2 in Canada

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to recharge the iPad 2 with a Canadian power outlet.

Canadian power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to Canada it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any vital devices when you're there. By not knowing which power socket is used in Canada you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Complicated standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. When you are planning a vacation to Canada the following instructions show how to charge the iPad 2 using the standard 120 volt 60Hz A Type wall outlet, with the Canadians using NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plugs for power outlets. Most power sources will vary from country to country so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions. If the iPad 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Canada from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you're planning on visiting places like Toronto or Quebec read the Canada page on Wikipedia.org [1] for further details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Canada

Can you use the iPad 2 in Canada?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Canadian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Canada?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Canada to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge 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 adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Canada 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Canada using type B American 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Canada?

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

Learn how to charge your iPad 2 from a Canadian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type A power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad 2 using a Canadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include the cable with the iPad 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two 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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canada page on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters