Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Panama

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 with a Panamanian power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter and charging the iPad 3 using a Type B USB plug.

Panamanian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when they are going abroad.If travelling to Panama these useful instructions show powering the iPad 3 by using their standard B or A type Panamanian 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the North America page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad 3 does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to Panama from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Panama

Can you use the iPad 3 in Panama?

You can use the iPad 3 in Panama by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Panama?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 3 the best international travel adapter for Panama is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Panamanians use (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included heads over. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters for your Panamanian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we suggest buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Panama

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Panama using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Panama. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Panama?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Panamanian power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 with a Panamanian power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 from a Panamanian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Panamanian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Panamanian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Panamanian power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 with a Panamanian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using the Panamanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Panamanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Panama
  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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (under £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, estimated price around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, costs between $5 to $10 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).