How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Thailand

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Thai power outlet, recharging the iPad 4 using a Type A power charger and charging the iPad 4 using a Type C Europlug USB charger

Thai power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.This page has useful instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad 4 when travelling to Thailand by using their Type B, A or C Thai 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Thai will use Type B plug outlets. When you are travelling to Thailand from another country please double check your iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Thailand

Can you use the iPad 4 in Thailand?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Thai power outlet.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in Thailand?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad 4 then the best travel charger for Thailand to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets that Thai use (B, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Thailand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Thailand.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Thailand. [10]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in Thailand?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Thai power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a Thai power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 4 using a Thai power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two thin slots next to each other.
  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 can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Thai power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Thai power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge your iPad 4 from a Thai power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 using the Thai power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the USB cable is usually included with your iPad 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Thai power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains 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 Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Thai power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Thai power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a Thai power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 4 using a Thai power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  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 can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Thai power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Thailand wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, 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, costing C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced at under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.