Charging the iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Ireland

Using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with an Irish power outlet.

Irish power outlet

If you are planning to travel it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you're there. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Ireland you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad Air 2. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when you're going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Ireland this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad Air 2 by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Irish power outlet, with the Irish using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power changes from region to region therefore we suggest reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Ireland from a different region please check that the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure your iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Ireland

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Ireland?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Ireland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Ireland?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Ireland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Irish trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ireland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ireland 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Ireland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Ireland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Ireland?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Irish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Air 2 with an Irish power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air 2 from an Irish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the 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. Switch on the Irish 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 Air 2 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Irish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Ireland
  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, estimated cost 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, priced C$10-C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under C$20.