Charging the iPad 2 when staying in Puerto Rico

A page showing how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type A power adapter and recharging the iPad 2 using a three pinned Type B power adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPad 2 abroad.If you're visiting Puerto Rico the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad 2 by using the Type B or A Puerto Rican 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Puerto Ricans will normally use Type B plugs in their power outlets. If the iPad 2 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically 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 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Puerto Rico

Can the iPad 2 be used in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Puerto Rican power outlet.

Puerto Rico

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Puerto Rico?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Puerto Rico (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 2 at an 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 under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

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 2, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Puerto Rico 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 from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Puerto Rico?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A guide on how to charge your iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Puerto Rican power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Puerto Rican power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two slots next to each other where the twin blades go with a single semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Puerto Rico
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£2-£3 GBP / under C$5).
  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 (around £5 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 under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).