Charging the iPad Air when visiting Trinidad

A step by step guide showing you how to power your iPad Air with a Trinidad power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a Type A USB adapter and charging the iPad Air using a Type B USB adapter.

Trinidad power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the iPad Air when they are staying abroad.When visiting Trinidad this page contains useful instructions showing you how to power your iPad Air using the standard B or A type 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Trinidadians will normally use Type B wall outlets. If the iPad Air charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Trinidad from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your iPad Air is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Trinidad

Can you use the iPad Air in Trinidad?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Trinidad power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Trinidad?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Trinidad is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Trinidad (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

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 Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Trinidad and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Trinidad.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Trinidad?

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

A guide showing how to power the iPad Air with a Trinidad power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Air using a Trinidad power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the Trinidad power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find 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 A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Trinidad power outlet

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type B power charger to charge the iPad Air from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air using a Trinidad power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad Air).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Trinidad power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by the 2 slots with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Trinidad power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad country Wiki 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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£20-£25 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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).