Charging the iPad from a power outlet in Scotland

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad with a Scottish power outlet.

Scottish power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the iPad . These instructions have been specifically written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to power their iPad when staying in Scotland.When you are travelling to Scotland the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Scottish power outlet, with the Scottish using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If you are visiting Scotland from another country make sure your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Scotland

Can the iPad be used in Scotland?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Scottish power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Scotland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad the best international travel adapter for Scotland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs. If your iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Scottish trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Scotland we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Scotland 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Scotland.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Scottish power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad with a Scottish power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from a Scottish power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Scottish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scotland Wiki page
  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, costs between $10 to $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, between $5 to $10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15.