Charging the iPad 2 in Antigua

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPad 2 with an Antiguan power outlet and how to charge the iPad 2 using a three pinned Type B power charger.

Antiguan power outlet

When planning a vacation it can be helpful to know if you can charge all your important electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you may pack the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there. Complicated standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you are going to Antigua.This page contains useful instructions showing what you'll need to power the iPad 2 when you're visiting Antigua using their standard Type B or A 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Antiguans. When you are travelling to Antigua from another country please check your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPad 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on travelling to an Antiguan destination such as St. John's or All Saints please read the Antigua Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Antigua

Can you use the iPad 2 in Antigua?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to an Antiguan power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Antigua?

When travelling with more than your iPad 2 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 ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 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 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 plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Antigua

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 2, 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 unreliable or unstable power supplies 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 Antigua using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 Antigua. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Antigua?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPad 2 with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Antiguan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 2.
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the Antiguan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 2 from an Antiguan power outlet

Powering the iPad 2 with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing you how to power your iPad 2 with an Antiguan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 from the Antiguan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 2).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6], is identified by 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short two blades go with a single semicircular hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost 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, costing under $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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).