How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Tristan da Cunha

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Tristanian power outlet.

Tristanian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad when Tristan da Cunha.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad when you're visiting Tristan da Cunha using their 240 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, with the Tristanians using a 13 amp plug for charging. Most power sockets will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power connections guide where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If visiting Tristan da Cunha from a different country check your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying at a Tristanian place such as Edinburgh or Tristan da Cunha refer to the Tristan da Cunha country Wiki page [1] for further details prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Tristan da Cunha

Can the iPad be used in Tristan da Cunha?

You can connect the iPad to a Tristanian power outlet.

Tristan da Cunha

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Tristan da Cunha?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Tristan da Cunha is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tristan da Cunha 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Tristan da Cunha.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Tristan da Cunha. [6]
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Tristan da Cunha?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Tristanian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Tristanian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad from the Tristanian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Tristanian power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular slots in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Tristanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Tristanian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tristan da Cunha country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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, priced between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).