How to charge the iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in American Samoa

Instructions showing how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector and a Schuko Type F power adapter, how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a Type A power charger and charging an iPad Air 2 using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

American Samoan power outlet

If organizing a vacation to American Samoa it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power your indispensable electronics like mobiles or laptop computers that you are bringing along. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in American Samoa you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. When you're going to travel to American Samoa these useful instructions show charging your iPad Air 2 using their Type I, A, B or F American Samoan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you'll discover most American Samoans will normally use Type I sockets in their power outlets. If your iPad Air 2 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to American Samoa from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning to stay somewhere like Tafuna we suggest referring to the American Samoan Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in American Samoa

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in American Samoa?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in American Samoa.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in American Samoa?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different types of plug sockets (I, A, B and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and 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 model of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

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 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both American Samoa 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to American Samoa using 3 pinned 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in American Samoa?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type A USB adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air 2 from the American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the American Samoan power outlet. The power supply (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 slots next to each other where the two blades slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan 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 tablet is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type B power charger to power your iPad Air 2 from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air 2 from an American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the American Samoan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 slots parallel to each other where the two blades slide into with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Apple cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector and a Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. To supply power to an iPad Air 2 using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this cable is typically included with your device.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken round power outlet (called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [8]) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit along with grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power an iPad Air 2 using an American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoan Wikipedia 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 $10 to $15 USD (£3-£4 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, between $15 to $20 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under 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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, around $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  12. 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).