Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Cambodia

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a three pinned Type G power adapter, how to power the iPad 4 using a 2 pin Type A power charger and how to power the iPad 4 using a Europlug Type C power adapter

Cambodian power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 when travelling to Cambodia.These step by step instructions shows what you'll need to charge your iPad 4 when visiting Cambodia using the types G, A or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Cambodia from another country ensure that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you intend to stay in a destination such as Phnom Penh we suggest reading the Cambodia Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Cambodia

Can you use the iPad 4 in Cambodia?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Cambodia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Cambodia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of plug sockets in Cambodia (G, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Cambodia

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Cambodia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 Cambodia.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Cambodia?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Cambodian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 4 from a Cambodian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Cambodian power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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 Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Cambodian power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power charger to recharge your iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from a Cambodian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad 4).
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Cambodian power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other. Please be aware that power cables used with type A outlets which are rated at only 125 V shouldn't be used in Cambodia so please check prior to turning the power on.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from a Cambodian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with your iPad 4).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Cambodian power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as the Europlug or Type C power outlet [8], can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power 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 Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia - Cambodia Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, costing 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, C$10-C$15.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, under C$20.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, estimated price under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.