How to charge the iPad in Aruba

Instructions on how to charge the iPad from an Aruban power outlet using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type B USB adapter, powering the iPad using a two pin Type A power plug and powering the iPad using a two pinned Type F power plug

Aruban power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. When you are going to travel to Aruba the following instructions show how to power the iPad using the F, A or B type Aruban 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPad doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Aruba from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPad is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. 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 Aruba

Can the iPad be used in Aruba?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Aruba.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Aruba?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad the best international travel charger for Aruba is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Arubans use three different standards of plug sockets (types F, A and B) 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 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Because of 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 phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Aruba 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Aruba using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Aruba?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from an Aruban power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPad from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad using an Aruban power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Aruban power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  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. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from an Aruban power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from an Aruban power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad from an Aruban power outlet using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad using an Aruban power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Aruban power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from an Aruban power outlet

Powering the iPad with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a two pinned Type F power charger to charge the iPad from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from the Aruban power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable with the iPad.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed round wall outlet, sometimes called a Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [8], can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Aruba
  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 cost 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, 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).