using airline power connections

what is required to power an iPad while flying on long trips

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  • I suspect long-answered via other means, but for the benefit of the community, Ill answer it. IPads, iPods and iPhones can be used with airline power systems, though the method used will depend on the class of seat in which you are travelling and the aircraft type. I've just returned from the US on an Airbus in Economy and nearly all seats were equipped with a USB socket for power, which can be used with the regular Apple USB lead. Other aircraft I've flown on have Empower sockets below the seats, which would require the use of an adapter to convert the 15Vdc from the socket to a 5V USB, then use the regular Apple USB lead. First and Business classes increasingly provide either 110VAC or 240VAC sockets as well - these would be used with the regular AC adapters from home.

    If multiple devices are to be powered at the same time, then a USB hub could be used to "break out" the single socket to several, but bear in mind the maximum power capacities for USB.