How to charge the iPad 4 when visiting Singapore

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Singapore power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger, charging the iPad 4 using a three pin Type G USB charger and recharging the iPad 4 using a Type M power adapter

Singapore power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad 4 in Singapore. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.This page contains a step by step guide which shows how to power your iPad 4 when you're travelling to Singapore using their standard types G, C or M 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Singaporeans will typically use the Type G sockets in their wall outlets. When you are visiting Singapore from another country please double check your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Singapore

Can the iPad 4 be used in Singapore?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Singapore by using a power convertor.

Singapore

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Singapore?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 4 then the best travel adapter for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets in Singapore (types G, C and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated 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 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 useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Singapore 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Singapore.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Singapore?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Singapore power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad 4 from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 4 using a Singapore power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad 4).
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground. The most frequently found sockets in Singapore are Type G power outlets.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Singapore 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 iPad is powering up which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Singapore power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Singapore power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Singapore power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 4 using a Singapore power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad 4).
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go. Type C electrical outlets in Singapore aren't as common.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Singapore power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type M USB charger to power the iPad 4 with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 4 from a Singapore power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 large round holes forming a triangle shape. Please note that Type M power sockets might not be as commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

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 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 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, 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, priced at C$15-C$20.