Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to North Korea

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger, how to power the iPad Air using a two pin Type A power charger and how to power the iPad Air using a 2 pin Europlug Type C USB charger

North Korean power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad Air when they're visiting abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Air when travelling to North Korea using the Type F, A or C 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets. When travelling to North Korea from a different country please double check the iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in North Korea

Can you use the iPad Air in North Korea?

You can use the iPad Air in North Korea.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in North Korea?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Air then the best travel charger for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. North Koreans use three different types of wall outlets (types F, A and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Air at the airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to North Korea we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting North Korea.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in North Korea?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Air with a North Korean power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the North Korean power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the North Korean power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - North Korea page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced under C$20.
  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$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced C$15-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, C$15-C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.