Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Australia

How to connect an Australian power outlet to the iPad 4

Australian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad 4 . When you are visiting Australia these instructions show powering the iPad 4 by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. If you are visiting Australia from another country make sure that the iPad 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPad 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Australia

Can the iPad 4 be used in Australia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to an Australian power outlet.

Australia

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Australia?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 4 the best international travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Australia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and 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 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Australia?

How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad 4 from an Australian power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a 3 pin Type I power charger to recharge your iPad 4 with an Australian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using the Australian power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad 4).
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the Australian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Be aware that the neutral and live pins are reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets, please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Australian power outlet.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad 4 from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australian Wikipedia 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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under 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, 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).