Charging the iPad 2 when staying in Tobago

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad 2 with a Tobagonian power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type A USB adapter and charging the iPad 2 using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad 2 . These step by step instructions will show how to power your iPad 2 when you are visiting Tobago using the standard B or A type 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Tobagonians. If the iPad 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Tobago from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your iPad 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Tobago

Can the iPad 2 be used in Tobago?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Tobago.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Tobago?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 the best travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Tobago (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Tobagonian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad 2 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tobago using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Tobago?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad 2 with a Tobagonian power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 2 using the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPad 2 by Apple.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the Tobagonian power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet (called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the charging cable into 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. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up which should take between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type B USB charger to power the iPad 2 with a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 2 using the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPad 2 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Tobagonian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tobagonian country entry on wikipedia
  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, costing around $10.
  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 between $5 to $10.
  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 cost between $10 to $15.
  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.