How to charge an iPad Air 2 when visiting Macau

A guide showing how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Macanese power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F Schuko USB charger, powering an iPad Air 2 using a three pinned Type G power plug and powering an iPad Air 2 using a Type D USB adapter

Macanese power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Macau it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices such as mobiles and tablets when you're there. By not knowing which power socket is used in Macau you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need to recharge that could be incompatible. Differing standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 abroad.This page contains a guide which shows exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when staying in Macau by using their types G, D, F or M 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Macanese will typically use Type G wall outlets. If travelling to Macau from a different region make sure the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 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 up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Macau

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Macau?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Macau.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Macau?

When travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 then the best travel power adapter for Macau is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of power outlets that Macanese use (G, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Air 2 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 charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable 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 on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three 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 Macau 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Macau 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macau. [12] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Macau?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet

A guide on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Air 2 using a Macanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then 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. Turn on the Macanese 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 one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 using a Macanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. First plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to power an iPad Air 2 with a Macanese power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge an iPad Air 2 using the Macanese power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The recessed round wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [8] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by two large holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Macanese 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 typically takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Macanese power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type M power charger.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 from the Macanese power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the Macanese power outlet. The wall supply (known as the Type M power outlet [10]) can be identified by the three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 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 Macanese 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 iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macanese page on Wikipedia.org
  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, under 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 D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated cost 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 cost under C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. 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, estimated cost around C$20.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$10-C$15.