Charging an iPad Air 2 in Laos

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger, how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Type E power charger and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a double pinned Schuko Type F power charger

Lao power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to stop people having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad Air 2 when they're abroad.If you are going to Laos the following instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the standard Type F, C or E 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Laos from a different region make sure the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased from 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 converter to stop the device from being damaged during charging. If you plan to visit a Lao city such as Vientiane we recommend reading the Lao Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information on the location. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Laos

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Laos?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Lao power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Laos?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel power adapter for Laos is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Laotians use three different standards of plug sockets (types F, C and E) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts 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 Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously 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 while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

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 Air 2, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Laos.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 Laos. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Laos?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air 2 using the Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Lao power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 circular 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 an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Lao 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 and takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with a Lao power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 using a Lao power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air 2 from a Lao power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air 2).
  2. Plug the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Lao Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced C$10-C$15.
  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, priced under C$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under C$15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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$15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.