How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Laos

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge your iPad from a Lao power outlet using a 30 pin cable and a two pin Type C USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad using a 2 pinned Type E power plug and how to charge the iPad using a two pin Type F USB charger

Lao power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. When travelling to Laos these useful instructions show charging your iPad by using the standard F, C or E type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Laos from a different region please ensure that the iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Laos

Can you use the iPad in Laos?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Laos by using a power convertor.

Laos

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Laos?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Laos is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Laotians use three different types of plug sockets (types F, C and E) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPad can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Laos and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America going to Laos using type B 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Laos. [10]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Laos?

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

A page on how to recharge the iPad with a Lao power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from a Lao power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Lao power outlet

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

Instructions on how to charge the iPad with a Lao power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Lao power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with the device.
  2. First plug the Type E USB power adapter into the Lao power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two adjacent holes plus a metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad from a Lao power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad from a Lao power outlet

A guide on how to power the iPad with a Lao power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector with a Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad from the Lao power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. This sunken circular plug outlet can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral and two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  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. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad from a Lao power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Laos 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, estimated cost C$15-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, priced at C$10-C$15.
  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, priced under C$20.
  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, 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.