How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Saint Helena

How to connect a St Helenian power outlet to the iPad Air

St Helenian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air when you are staying abroad.This page contains a useful guide telling you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when you are visiting Saint Helena by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the St Helenians will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When you are visiting Saint Helena from a different region please ensure the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Saint Helena

Can the iPad Air be used in Saint Helena?

You can connect the iPad Air to a St Helenian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Saint Helena?

If travelling with more than your iPad Air the best travel charger for Saint Helena is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the included plugs. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Saint Helena. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Helena

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 converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Saint Helena.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Helena.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Saint Helena?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a St Helenian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to power your iPad Air from a St Helenian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Air from the St Helenian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPad Air.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the St Helenian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the St Helenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a St Helenian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena,_Ascension_and_Tristan_da_Cunha - wikipedia entry about Saint Helena
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (under £5 GBP / under 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 $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).