How to charge the iPad 4 when staying in Sri Lanka

Instructions showing you how to charge the iPad 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector and a Type M power charger, charging the iPad 4 using a 3 pinned Type G USB charger and how to recharge the iPad 4 using a three pin Type D USB adapter

Sri Lankan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPad 4 in Sri Lanka. If you're travelling to Sri Lanka the following instructions show charging your iPad 4 using their standard Type G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G power outlets are used by most Sri Lankans. If you are travelling to Sri Lanka from a different region double check your iPad 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay at a place such as Colombo or Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia we suggest referring to the Sri Lankan Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Sri Lanka

Can the iPad 4 be used in Sri Lanka?

You can connect the iPad 4 to a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 4 or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Sri Lankans use (types G, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sri Lanka and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Sri Lanka using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Sri Lanka?

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

A page on how to power your iPad 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 4 using a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad 4).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter to recharge your iPad 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad 4 using a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by the 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning 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 is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type M power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 4 from the Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad 4.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. The power outlet (called a Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three large round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lankan Wikipedia page
  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, C$10-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, under C$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costs C$10-C$15.
  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, under C$25.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.