Charging the iPad 4 in Bhutan

A guide on how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger, how to charge the iPad 4 using a three pinned Type G power charger and powering the iPad 4 using a three pin Type D power plug

Bhutanese power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad 4 in Bhutan. This page was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when you are going to Bhutan.This page contains useful instructions showing what you'll need to power the iPad 4 when you're in Bhutan using their standard Type G, C, D, F or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Bhutan from a different country ensure the iPad 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Bhutan

Can you use the iPad 4 in Bhutan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Bhutanese power outlet.

Bhutan

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Bhutan?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best international travel charger for Bhutan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bhutanese use five different standards of wall outlets (G, C, D, F and M) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these 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 supplied plugs. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

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 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 crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bhutan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Bhutan.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Bhutan. [14]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Bhutan?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger to power the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 using a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger to power the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad 4).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 from the Bhutanese power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 4 with a Bhutanese power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Type M power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 4 using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. This wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type M power outlet [12]) looks like three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Bhutanese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bhutanese Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, 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, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing C$15-C$20.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated price under C$20.
  12. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  13. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, priced at around C$15.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under C$20.