How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPad using a three pinned Type B USB adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices like mobiles or laptop computers that you'll be bringing with you. However without knowing which power socket is used in Puerto Rico you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you're there. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad when Puerto Rico.This page contains a simple guide which shows exactly how to power the iPad when travelling to Puerto Rico using their B or A type 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Puerto Ricans will normally use Type B sockets in their power outlets. If your iPad charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Puerto Rico from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPad is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on travelling to tourist destinations such as San Juan we also recommend reading the Puerto Rican country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Puerto Rico

Can you use the iPad in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Puerto Rico.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Puerto Rico?

If travelling with more than your iPad then the best travel charger for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Puerto Ricans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Puerto Rico and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Puerto Rico.
  • 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Puerto Rico?

Charging the iPad from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad using a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using a Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by 2 slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades slide into with a hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Puerto Rican country entry on wikipedia.org
  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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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 cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £15 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 (around £15 GBP / under C$30).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$15).