How to charge an iPad Air 2 in New Zealand

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type I USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad Air 2 . These instructions were specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 when you are visiting New Zealand.This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to your iPad Air 2 when staying in New Zealand using a standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall outlet, with the New Zealanders using AS/NZS 3112 plugs for power outlets. When visiting New Zealand from another country double check the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in New Zealand

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in New Zealand?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in New Zealand.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in New Zealand?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of 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 over. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your New Zealand trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to New Zealand we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Zealand 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives practically 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 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in New Zealand?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type I power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air 2 from a New Zealand power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the New Zealand power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about New Zealand
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing under $15 USD (£20-£25 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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).