Charging the iPad 2 when visiting New Zealand

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger to charge the iPad 2 from a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPad 2 . The following step by step guide shows you how to power your iPad 2 when you're visiting New Zealand by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I New Zealand power outlet, the New Zealanders will use a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for charging. If travelling to New Zealand from a different country make sure the iPad 2 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in New Zealand

Can you use the iPad 2 in New Zealand?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a New Zealand power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in New Zealand?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 then the best travel adapter for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power adapters. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to New Zealand using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in New Zealand?

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a New Zealand power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 from a New Zealand power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type I power charger.

  1. To power the iPad 2 from a New Zealand power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type I USB power adapter into the New Zealand power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 slots forming a triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, priced at around 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, 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, priced at under C$20.