How to charge the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPad 2

Scottish power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. When going to Scotland this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad 2 using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Scottish will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. When you are travelling to Scotland from another country please make sure your iPad 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPad 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you intend on travelling to destinations such as Edinburgh please read the Scotland entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Scotland

Can you use the iPad 2 in Scotland?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Scotland by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Scotland?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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 2, 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 crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Scotland using type B US 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. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Scottish power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a Scottish power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 2 from a Scottish power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPad 2).
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Switch on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scotland entry on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost 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, around $15.