How to charge the iPad 3 from a power outlet in Ireland

How to connect an Irish power outlet to the iPad 3

Irish power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices like mobiles or laptop computers that you are bringing along. However without knowing which power socket is used in Ireland you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you're there. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page contains a step-by-step guide which shows exactly how to power the iPad 3 when staying in Ireland using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, with the Irish using a 13 amp plug for charging. When visiting Ireland from another country please ensure that the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPad 3 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan on travelling to tourist destinations such as Dublin or Cork we also recommend reading the Irish country entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Ireland

Can the iPad 3 be used in Ireland?

You can connect the iPad 3 to an Irish power outlet.

Ireland

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Ireland?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Ireland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with 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 any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Ireland using 3 pinned type B US 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 from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ireland. [6]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Ireland?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Irish power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPad 3 from an Irish power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 3 using an Irish power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically include this cable when you first purchase the iPad 3).
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Irish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad 3 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Irish power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Irish country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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 at C$15-C$20.
  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, costs under C$20.