Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Taiwan

A page showing how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type A power adapter and how to charge the iPad 4 using a Type B USB plug.

Taiwanese power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Taiwan it can be useful to know if you can power all your gadgets such as mobiles and cameras when you get there. However, by not knowing which wall socket is used you could pack the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your iPad 4 . These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.This page has step by step instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPad 4 when you are visiting Taiwan using their standard B or A type Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Taiwanese. If the iPad 4 charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Taiwan from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Taiwan

Can the iPad 4 be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Taiwanese power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in Taiwan?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 4 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Taiwan is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Taiwanese use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad 4 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Taiwan 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 Taiwan.
  • 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 the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in Taiwan?

Charging the iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pinned Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the iPad 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Taiwanese power outlet. This plug outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the two slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet blades sit with a hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Taiwanese Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costs between $5 to $10.
  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, estimated cost around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costing between $5 to $10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20.