Charging the iPad Air when staying in Antigua

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Air from an Antiguan power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type A power adapter and how to power the iPad Air using a Type B power adapter.

Antiguan power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country especially if you've never visited before. This page was specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air abroad.If visiting Antigua the following useful instructions show powering the iPad Air using the standard B or A type Antiguan 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type B power outlets are typically used by most Antiguans. Power supplies change regionally therefore we recommend reading the South America and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Antigua from a different region please double check your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Air came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Antigua

Can the iPad Air be used in Antigua?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Antigua.

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

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Air the best international travel charger for Antigua to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Antiguans use two different types of power outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. 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 overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Antigua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 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 travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Antigua. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Antigua?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB adapter to power your iPad Air with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air using the Antiguan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Antiguan power outlet

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Air from an Antiguan power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using the Antiguan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug outlet (called the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a single semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Antiguan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Antigua
  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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  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, priced at 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, priced 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).