Charging the iPad when staying in The Bahamas

Using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type A USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Bahamas power outlet and charging the iPad using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Bahamas power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.If visiting The Bahamas the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad using the B or A type Bahamas 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Bahamians will typically use Type B power outlets. If the iPad charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to The Bahamas from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in The Bahamas

Can the iPad be used in The Bahamas?

Yes, you can use the iPad in The Bahamas.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad in The Bahamas?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for The Bahamas is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in The Bahamas (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Bahamas

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting The Bahamas using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 The Bahamas. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad in The Bahamas?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bahamas power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type A USB adapter to power your iPad with a Bahamas power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad using the Bahamas power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Bahamas power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Bahamas power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bahamas power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bahamas power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad with a Bahamas power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Bahamas power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Bahamas power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bahamas power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Bahamas Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced between $5 to $10 USD (£1-£2 GBP / under C$20).
  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. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, between $5 to $10 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).