Charging an iPad Air 2 when staying in Guernsey

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a Guernsey power outlet.

Guernsey power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These step by step instructions shows you how to power your iPad Air 2 when you're in Guernsey by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Channel Islander using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. Power sockets differ depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Guernsey from a different region please check that your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a place like Saint Peter Port or Vale read the Guernsey country page on wikipedia [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Guernsey

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Guernsey?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Guernsey power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Guernsey?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Guernsey is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Guernsey

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Guernsey 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Guernsey.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Guernsey. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Guernsey?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Guernsey power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G power charger to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Guernsey power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 from the Guernsey power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the three holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Guernsey power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Guernsey power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guernsey country page on wikipedia
  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, priced 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, costing under C$15.
  6. 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.