Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Scotland

Instructions on how to power the iPad Air from a Scottish power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

Scottish power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when staying in Scotland.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPad Air when staying in Scotland using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Scottish plug outlet, the Scottish will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When travelling to Scotland from a different country please check that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading during charging. If you're planning on taking a trip to a city like Edinburgh or Dundee please refer to the Scottish country wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Scotland

Can the iPad Air be used in Scotland?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Scottish power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad Air then the best travel power adapter for Scotland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Scottish trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

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 Air, but for visitors also wishing 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 when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Scotland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Scotland?

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

Instructions on how to power the iPad Air from a Scottish power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from a Scottish power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPad Air).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Scottish power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish country wikipedia 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, between $10 to $15.
  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 price under $20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.