How to charge the iPad 2 when staying in Reunion

How to connect a Reunionese power outlet to the iPad 2

Reunionese power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. The following step-by-step instructions will show exactly what you'll need to charge your iPad 2 when you're visiting Reunion by using a 220 volt 50Hz E Type power outlet, the Reunionnais will use CEE 7/5 French sockets for wall outlets. If travelling to Reunion from another country please ensure that the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you are planning to stay at a Reunionese place such as Saint-Denis or Saint-Paul we suggest referring to the Reunionese page on wikipedia.org [1] for further details on travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Reunion

Can the iPad 2 be used in Reunion?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a Reunionese power outlet by using a power convertor.

Reunion

What is the best power charger for the iPad 2 in Reunion?

If travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Reunion is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad 2 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via 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 necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Reunion and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Reunion.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Reunion. [6]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 2 in Reunion?

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Reunionese power outlet

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 2 using a Reunionese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad 2.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round power outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes and a metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Reunionese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Reunionese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Reunionese page on wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costing between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).