Charging your iPad from a power outlet in New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the iPad

New Zealand power outlet

If packing for a trip to New Zealand it is useful to know if you can power all your devices such as mobiles and laptop computers when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is used in New Zealand you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you need it which might not be compatible. Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been specifically written to stop visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPad when they're travelling abroad.If planning a holiday to New Zealand this page contains instructions showing you charging the iPad using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I New Zealand power outlet, with the New Zealanders using AS/NZS 3112 plugs for wall outlets. When travelling to New Zealand from a different country please make sure your iPad can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your iPad is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in New Zealand

Can the iPad be used in New Zealand?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in New Zealand?

When travelling with more than just your iPad or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your New Zealand trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to New Zealand we suggest buying a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Zealand 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in New Zealand?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad from a New Zealand power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPad from a New Zealand power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type I power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from a New Zealand power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type I USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by three slots forming a triangle pattern with the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$20).
  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. 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).