How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in South Korea

A page on how to power your iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a Type C power adapter and powering the iPad 3 using a Type F power charger.

South Korean power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPad 3 abroad.If you are visiting South Korea these useful instructions show charging your iPad 3 by using the standard types F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most South Koreans. Most power sockets will vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power supplies and Asia page for a complete list of countries. If travelling to South Korea from another region check your iPad 3 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 3 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in South Korea

Can the iPad 3 be used in South Korea?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a South Korean power outlet.

South Korea

What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in South Korea?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 3 then the best travel charger for South Korea is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that South Koreans use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip to South Korea. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPad 3 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a flexible power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to South Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting South Korea. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in South Korea?

Powering the iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 3 using a South Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally included with the iPad 3 by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into. Type C power outlets in South Korea are less common as Type F sockets.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide on how to power your iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 3 using a South Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad 3.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go along with grounding clips above and below. The most common outlets found in South Korea are Type F electrical sockets.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitkorea - Korea Tourism Organization site
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, 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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, priced under C$20.
  8. 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.