Charging the iPad from a power outlet in Macau

Instructions showing how to power the iPad with a Macanese power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type F USB adapter, charging the iPad using a three pinned Type G power adapter and how to charge the iPad using a Type D USB plug

Macanese power outlet

Different combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad . This page contains step-by-step instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPad when you are in Macau using their standard G, D, F or M type Macanese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Macanese. You will find power will change from country to country so we suggest reading the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of countries. When you are travelling to Macau from another country check that the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPad is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. If you plan to visit a destination like Macau or Mong Ha Hill we recommend referring to the Macanese country Wiki page [1] for more details prior to visiting the location. 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 have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Macau

Can the iPad be used in Macau?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Macanese power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Macau?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad the best international travel charger for Macau to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of plug sockets in Macau (G, D, F and M) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest searching for an adaptable power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Macau and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Macau using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Macau. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Macau?

Charging the iPad from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G power adapter to power the iPad with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Macanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then 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 can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Macanese 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 iPad is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Macanese power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad from a Macanese power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from the Macanese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 round holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Macanese power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPad with a Macanese power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Macanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad).
  2. Plug the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the power supply by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad from a Macanese power outlet

Charging the iPad from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type M USB adapter to power the iPad from a Macanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad from a Macanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with the iPad.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it in the Macanese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three circular holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macanese country Wiki 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, under C$15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under C$15.
  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, C$10-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, priced at 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, priced under C$25.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.