How to charge the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Malaysia

Using an Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger to power the iPad 2 with a Malaysian power outlet.

Malaysian power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your indispensable electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket is being used in Malaysia you could end up either weighing your luggage down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive which could be incompatible. Varying complicated region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad 2 in Malaysia. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you are visiting Malaysia.The following step-by-step guide shows exactly how to charge your iPad 2 in Malaysia using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Malaysians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the Asia page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Malaysia from a different country please ensure that the iPad 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting destinations such as Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru we also recommend referring to the Malaysia country Wiki page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Malaysia

Can the iPad 2 be used in Malaysia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Malaysia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Malaysia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad 2 the best travel power adapter for Malaysia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Malaysian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. 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 overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Malaysia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Malaysia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Malaysia. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Malaysia?

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

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad 2 from a Malaysian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 2 using a Malaysian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad 2).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Malaysian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Malaysian 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 iPad 2 is recharging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Malaysian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malaysia 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, estimated price under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.