charging US ipad with UK iphone charger...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pancake00, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. pancake00 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011

    I have a iPad2 from the US, which obviously came boxed with a US charging plug. The print on this plug says the output is 5.1v 2.1A

    I have an UK iPhone charger plug which says the output is 5v 1A.

    Q1. If I use my iPhone charger, will it take 2x the time to charge my iPad2?

    Alternatively, the US charger is a 2-piece charger, with removable pins (like this My UK iPhone charger is also a 2-piece.

    Q2. Can I simply swap the pins over and expect to get 'normal' charging to the iPad?

    Thanks very much.
  2. Phil Lee macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    The iPad charger is in two parts. The main body is the same everywhere the iPad is sold. The bit that changes is the slide on plug. You can use the slide on plug from any British Apple charger on a US iPad body. The only difference is that the slide on plug from the UK iPad charger is thinner that the slide on plug used in older products and on the computer chargers.

    I bought my iPad 2 in the US and have tucked the plug that came with it away for future trips to the US. I'm using the UK slide on plug from the Apple rechargeable batteries on mine since it is of the thin design and isn't used very often.
  3. realjd macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Just buy something like these:

    Double check the fine print on yours, but Apple chargers (as well as most modern electronics) are compatible with both the US 110V/60Hz power and your 220V/50Hz power. I have a couple of those adapters and have no issues using a US charger when I'm in the UK. It's probably cheaper to get something like that than the official Apple parts, as well as more versatile since you can use it with any other electronics you buy in the future from the US. The Amazon ones I showed were around $5 but you can get them MUCH cheaper if you look around. I'd try shops in touristy areas if you don't want to order one online. You only need an adapter, not a more expensive "voltage converter".
  4. xMClass macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2011
    It should be fine, Apple actually sells the travel adapter kit, which includes all the different prong adapters.
  5. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    I wouldn't use the low power phone charger for the iPad. Would take a while to charge.

    As for substituting UK for US prongs and vice versa, yeah you can do that. I change out west Euro, UK and US prongs all the time. No problems charging my iPhone and iPad.

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