Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to Ireland

How to connect an Irish power outlet to the iPad Air

Irish power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This page is a useful guide showing how to supply power to the iPad Air when you're travelling to Ireland using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, the Irish will use 13 amp plugs for charging. Power sockets vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Ireland from a different country please make sure that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend to stay somewhere such as Dublin or Cork read the Ireland Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Ireland

Can you use the iPad Air in Ireland?

You can use the iPad Air in Ireland by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air the best international travel adapter for Ireland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual travel adapters for your Irish trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Ireland we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ireland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however 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 or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ireland and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ireland using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ireland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Ireland?

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

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air with an Irish power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using the Irish power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Air.
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. The power supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB power 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 Irish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air from an Irish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ireland 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, priced at 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, costs under $20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around $15.