Charging the iPad from a power outlet in Ireland

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power charger to charge your iPad with an Irish power outlet.

Irish power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad when you're abroad.If you're staying in Ireland these instructions show charging the iPad by using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Irish using 13 amp plugs for charging. If you are visiting Ireland from another country make sure that the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Ireland

Can you use the iPad in Ireland?

You can use the iPad in Ireland.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Ireland?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad then the best international travel adapter for Ireland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Irish trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ireland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ireland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Ireland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ireland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Ireland?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from an Irish power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad from an Irish power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad from an Irish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Irish power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the three rectangular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Irish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from an Irish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page 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 price C$10-C$15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced 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.