Charging the iPad from a power outlet in Canada

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter to power the iPad with a Canadian power outlet.

Canadian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad . This page was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad when you're in staying in Canada.The following instructions will show how to charge your iPad when travelling to Canada using their standard 120 volt 60Hz A Type wall outlet, the Canadians will use NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plugs for charging. You'll find power will change from country to country so we recommend reading the power supplies and North America page for a full list of regions and countries. If your iPad slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Canada from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your iPad is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. 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 Canada

Can the iPad be used in Canada?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Canadian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Canada?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Canada to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Canada using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Canada?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Canadian power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad with a Canadian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type A power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad from a Canadian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the Canadian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canada wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced at under 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, 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, C$15-C$20.