Using IPad

Jan 23rd, 2012, 08:19 AM
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Using IPad

We will be taking my wife's I Pad to England to serve as our computer for a month. I am wary of the difference in power for charging such a pricey machine, Any experience to share?
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 08:22 AM
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On our trip to London and Paris, we took a computer and an Ipad and just used an adapter. We had no problems at all.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 08:23 AM
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On the Ipad charger it should say something like 100-240v, if it does then they'll be no problem charging it over here, all you'll need is an adapter to convert your plug to a UK one.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 08:38 AM
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Just use an adaptor. Apple sells a set of international adaptors that I own that work for almost every country. You might also want to consider getting a blue-tooth keyboard if this is your only device for a month. I find it difficult to type a lot on my ipad. I have a Zaggmate, which I really like, but there are several others available now.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 09:20 AM
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All the electronics we own--cells, digital cameras, ipads, laptops--have been dual voltage for years, so you won't have a problem. We plug in our plugs into adapters and we're good to go. Overstock is advertising one for $1.99 right now.

Sidenote: Because so many things I own are basically USB cords that go into wall adaptors, lately I've been buying online USB/wall adapters online that are plug/country specific. For example, I bought a dual port USB/wall charger for New Zealand so that I could charge both my cell and my Kindle.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 01:09 PM
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Thanks all for the good advice; I'll stop worrying and get on with planning. I already own all the normal AC adapters.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 04:15 PM
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All apple products have dual voltage chargers-- can be used at 110-220. You'll just need a plug adapter for plugging your charger into the outlet. I've used my iPad in UK and Europe with no problem.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Has anyone here encountered an ethernet connection? Is there any way to connect with an IPAD 2? Some of the hotels still use the ethernet cable.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Does the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz electricity make any difference?
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Jan 24th, 2012, 05:24 AM
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There is no way to connect an ipad directly to an ethernet connection. You'd need to set up a temporary Wi-Fi network and connect your ipad wirelessly.

You'd have to get an airport express, which has an ethernet port. That creates a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to your ipad. But it means carrying another brick about the same heft and size as a Macbook power adaptor.
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Jan 24th, 2012, 06:51 AM
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Tomboy: Nope.
Scatboy: Agree with Doug--airport express not really worth the trouble (and expense) unless you MUST do a lot of business while away. But if you hotel does not offer free WiFi, just find something in the area that does. I increasingly find cafes in almost any country with free WiFi. When in doubt, get coffee at a Starbucks and plop for awhile.
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Jan 24th, 2012, 07:32 AM
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For someone who travels a lot, an Airport Express can be a good investment since it's only $99. Lots of hotels don't offer free Wi-Fi in rooms, so it's not an uncommon need ... whether for an ipad or a laptop. And it frees you up from having to sit at a desk close to the ethernet port. But again, it's really only a good deal if you travel a lot. For the casual traveler, I agree with AlessandraZoe that free Wi-Fi is pretty easy to find (though not terribly secure).
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Jan 24th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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That's true, Doug, about the lack of security.

ScatBoy: If you want to pursue this AirPort Express topic a bit more, in addition to the official Apple link and their related forum(http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/) there's a discussion on FlyerTalk: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...t-express.html
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Jan 24th, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Thanks everyone. I was hoping there was an adapter. I do travel a lot, but I think I'll just take my netbook with me and leave the IPAD at home.
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