Charging the iPad 4 in Saint Martin

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 4 with a St Martins power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger and charging the iPad 4 using a Type F Schuko USB plug.

St Martins power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.This step by step guide will show how to power your iPad 4 when you're travelling to Saint Martin using their standard types F or C 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Saint Martins typically use the Type F sockets in their wall outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Europe page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Saint Martin from a different region please ensure your iPad 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a St Martins place such as Marigot please refer to the wikipedia web page about Saint Martin [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Saint Martin

Can you use the iPad 4 in Saint Martin?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a St Martins power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Saint Martin?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for Saint Martin is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Saint Martin (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Saint Martin we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Saint Martin using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Saint Martin?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a St Martins power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a St Martins power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 from a St Martins power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a St Martins power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 4 with a St Martins power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 from the St Martins power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. This sunken circular power supply, also known as the Schuko outlet, can be recognised by two large adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Saint Martin
  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, costs 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).