How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Jamaica

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Air from a Jamaican power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Air using a Type B power charger.

Jamaican power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air abroad.The following instructions will show you what you'll need to power the iPad Air when you're in Jamaica by using the Type B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Jamaicans use Type B power outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the North America page for a full list of countries. If your iPad Air doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Jamaica from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you're planning to visit a Jamaican city such as Kingston we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Jamaica [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Jamaica

Can the iPad Air be used in Jamaica?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Jamaica by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Jamaica?

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad Air the best international travel charger for Jamaica is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Jamaicans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your Jamaican trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Jamaica 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 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 Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Jamaica?

Charging the iPad Air from a Jamaican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using the Jamaican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Jamaican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Jamaican power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge the iPad Air with a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air using the Jamaican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other with a semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable 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 is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Jamaica
  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 (under £2 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £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, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around 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).