How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Australia

How to connect an Australian power outlet to the iPad Air

Australian power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines have been written to prepare people wanting to power the iPad Air when they are visiting Australia.This page is a guide which shows what you'll need to power the iPad Air when going to Australia by using the 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall supply. When you are visiting Australia from a different region please ensure that the iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Australia

Can you use the iPad Air in Australia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Australia by using a power convertor.

Australia

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Australia?

When travelling with more than your iPad Air and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Australia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Australia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Australia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Australia?

Charging the iPad Air from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable with a Type I USB adapter to recharge your iPad Air from an Australian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using an Australian power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air).
  2. Firstly insert the Type I USB power adapter into the Australian power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 3 slots in a triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground. Note that the live and neutral pins are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets so please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australia Wikipedia web 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, estimated cost under C$20.
  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, 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, under C$20.