How to charge your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Canada

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Canadian power outlet.

Canadian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad 4 in Canada. These instructions were written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPad 4 when they're going to Canada.If you're visiting Canada these useful instructions show powering your iPad 4 using a standard 120 volt 60Hz Type A Canadian plug outlet, the Canadians will use NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plugs for wall outlets. If the iPad 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Canada from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPad 4 is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend on staying somewhere such as Toronto or Newfoundland refer to the Canada country Wiki page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Canada

Can you use the iPad 4 in Canada?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Canada by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Canada?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Canada to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Canada. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPad 4 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Canada using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Canada?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Canadian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to power your iPad 4 from a Canadian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 4 using the Canadian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by two thin adjacent slots.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canada country Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters