Charging the iPad Air in Guam

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Air from a Guamanian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter and recharging the iPad Air using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Guamanian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This page was specifically written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPad Air when abroad.This page contains instructions which shows what you'll need to charge the iPad Air when you are in Guam by using their Type B or A Guamanian 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Air charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Guam from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPad Air is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning to visit a city like Tamuning we recommend reading the Guam country Wiki page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Guam

Can you use the iPad Air in Guam?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Guam to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Guamanians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers for your trip to Guam or using up additional wall outlets. 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 while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter 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 Guam

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Guam 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Guam. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Guam?

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Air from a Guamanian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air using the Guamanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPad Air).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Guamanian power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Guamanian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Guamanian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad Air with a Guamanian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using the Guamanian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 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 B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Guamanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guam 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, between $5 to $10 USD (under £2 GBP / under C$20).
  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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 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, priced at 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).