Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Singapore

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air with a Singapore power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug USB charger, charging the iPad Air using a three pin Type G power charger and powering the iPad Air using a Type M power adapter

Singapore power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electrical devices that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it which might be incompatible. Complicated voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge the iPad Air . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when you're in staying in Singapore.When you are visiting Singapore the following instructions show how to power your iPad Air by using their standard types G, C or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Singaporeans. If travelling to Singapore from a different country please make sure that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPad Air is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on staying at a city like Singapore or Sentosa we recommend reading the Visit Singapore [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Singapore

Can you use the iPad Air in Singapore?

You can use the iPad Air in Singapore.

Singapore

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Singapore?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets that Singaporeans use (types G, C and M) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these 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 model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Singapore 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 at 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 Singapore. [10]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Singapore?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pinned Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad Air with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air from a Singapore power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the iPad Air).
  2. First insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Singapore power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by three holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape. Type G plug outlets are the most common outlets found in Singapore.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPad Air with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Air from a Singapore power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two round holes next to each other. Note that Type C plug sockets are less commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB adapter 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Singapore power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type M power adapter to power the iPad Air with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air using the Singapore power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it into the Singapore power outlet. This wall outlet (known as the Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground. Note that Type M plug sockets aren't as commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air 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, around C$15.
  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, estimated price 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, priced 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, under C$20.