Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air with a Sri Lankan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger, powering the iPad Air using a Type D USB plug and powering the iPad Air using a Type M USB plug

Sri Lankan power outlet

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know if you can power all your devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Air. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad Air when they're staying in Sri Lanka.When you're visiting Sri Lanka this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad Air by using the types G, D or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Sri Lankans will use the Type G plug outlets. When travelling to Sri Lanka from a different country please double check the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you plan to stay in a Sri Lankan city like Colombo or Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia please refer to the Sri Lanka Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Sri Lanka

Can the iPad Air be used in Sri Lanka?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Sri Lankan power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Sri Lanka?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air the best international travel adapter for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets in Sri Lanka (G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

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 Air, but for those 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 travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sri Lanka and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sri Lanka.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Sri Lanka?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air with a Sri Lankan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Air.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Sri Lankan power outlet. This power outlet (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning cable 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 is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge. [AD]
Powering the iPad Air with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by three holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Sri Lankan power outlet

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type M USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type M USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 3 large holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity. [AD]
Powering the iPad Air with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lanka 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.