Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Singapore

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad from a Singapore power outlet by using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a three pinned Type M power adapter, how to power the iPad using a Type G power adapter and charging the iPad using a two pin Type C power charger

Singapore power outlet

When packing for a trip to Singapore it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge any common electrical devices when you're there. However by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible and cause damage to the device. Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to your iPad when staying in Singapore by using their types G, C or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Singaporeans. When travelling to Singapore from another region ensure the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPad is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Singapore destination such as Singapore or Sentosa we recommend referring to the Visit Singapore [1] for more details. 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 Singapore

Can you use the iPad in Singapore?

You can connect the iPad to a Singapore power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

Singapore

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Singapore?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your iPad the best international travel charger for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Singaporeans use three different standards of power outlets (G, C and M) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Singapore using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Singapore?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from a Singapore power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three holes with shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth. The most commonly found sockets in Singapore are Type G power outlets.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging the iPad from a Singapore power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPad with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Singapore power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other. Type C power sockets in Singapore are less commonplace.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains power 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. Turn on the Singapore 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 recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Singapore power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad from a Singapore power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad from a Singapore power outlet by using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a three pinned Type M power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from the Singapore power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins. Type M electrical outlets in Singapore aren't as common.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad from a Singapore power outlet

See also

  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  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$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 C$10-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 under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. 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, around C$15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under C$20.