How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Saint Martin

Instructions showing how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a St Martins power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a Type F Schuko USB adapter.

St Martins power outlet

When packing for a vacation it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you get to your hotel. But without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Air 2 in Saint Martin. When you're travelling to Saint Martin this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPad Air 2 using their Type F or C St Martins 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Saint Martins normally use the Type F plug outlets. When visiting Saint Martin from another country please ensure the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit a St Martins destination like Marigot or Rambaud refer to the Saint Martin country Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Saint Martin

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Saint Martin?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a St Martins power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Saint Martin?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel charger for Saint Martin to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Saint Martins use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 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 Air 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Saint Martin. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad 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 searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

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 Air 2, 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 useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Martin.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America 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 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 Martin. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Saint Martin?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a St Martins power outlet.

  1. If you want to power an iPad Air 2 using a St Martins power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a St Martins power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type F power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 with a St Martins power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from the St Martins power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a St Martins power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Saint Martin country Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).