How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Thailand

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air with a Thai power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter, how to charge the iPad Air using a double pinned Type A USB plug and how to charge the iPad Air using a double pinned Europlug Type C power plug

Thai power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any indispensable devices when you get to your hotel. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Thailand you are likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Air . This page has simple instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when visiting Thailand by using the B, A or C type Thai 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B plug outlets will be typically used by most Thai. If travelling to Thailand from another region double check the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you intend to stay in a place like Bangkok or Tarutao please read the Thai page on wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the area. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Thailand

Can the iPad Air be used in Thailand?

You can use the iPad Air in Thailand by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Thailand?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter 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 chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Thai trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

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 Air, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Thailand and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Thailand 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 generous 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 Thailand. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Thailand?

Charging the iPad Air from a Thai power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air with a Thai power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air from the Thai power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Thai power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air with a Thai power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from the Thai power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the USB cable is usually included with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Thai power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Charging the iPad Air from a Thai power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Air from a Thai power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air from the Thai power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Thai power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Thai page on wikipedia
  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, C$15-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, under 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, estimated cost 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, priced at under C$20.