How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the iPad 3

New Zealand power outlet

Various voltages and standards can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 abroad.This page has instructions which shows what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 3 when travelling to New Zealand using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type New Zealand wall outlet, with the New Zealanders using AS/NZS 3112 plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting New Zealand from another region please ensure that the iPad 3 can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning to stay somewhere like Auckland or Wellington refer to the New Zealand Wikipedia web page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in New Zealand

Can you use the iPad 3 in New Zealand?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in New Zealand by using a power convertor.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in New Zealand?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for New Zealand is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 North America going to New Zealand using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in New Zealand?

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a New Zealand power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPad 3 with a New Zealand power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type I USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 3 from the New Zealand power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 slots in a triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger 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 New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand Wikipedia web page
  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, 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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).