How to charge an iPad Air 2 when visiting Antigua

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from an Antiguan power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A power charger and charging an iPad Air 2 using a Type B USB charger.

Antiguan power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. This page has step by step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when visiting Antigua using their standard types B or A 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Antiguans will typically use Type B wall outlets. When travelling to Antigua from another country double check the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Air 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Antigua

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Antigua?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Antigua.

Antigua

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Antigua?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best travel adapter for Antigua to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Antigua (types B and A) 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 that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Antiguan trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Antigua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Antigua and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Antigua 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 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Antigua. [8]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Antigua?

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

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Air 2 from an Antiguan power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Antiguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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 Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from an Antiguan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type B USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 from the Antiguan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Antiguan 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 is powering up which should take between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from an Antiguan power outlet

See also

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