How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Aruba

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Aruban power outlet, recharging an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pinned Type A power plug and how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug

Aruban power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was written to assist visitors wanting to charge the iPad Air 2 when visiting abroad.This page is a guide which shows what you'll need to power the iPad Air 2 in Aruba by using their F, A or B type Aruban 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad Air 2 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Aruba from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Aruba

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Aruba?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Aruba by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Aruba?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of wall outlets that Arubans use (types F, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring seperate power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Aruba 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Aruba.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Aruba?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Aruban power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Aruban power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from an Aruban power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is normally included with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Aruban power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from an Aruban power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Aruban power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from the Aruban power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from an Aruban power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing how to power an iPad Air 2 with an Aruban power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the Aruban 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 normally supplied with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Aruban power outlet. This circular plug outlet (called the Type F power outlet [8] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two holes 19 mm next to each other, plus metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Aruba
  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 $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, priced at between $15 to $20.
  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, under $10.
  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, estimated price under $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15.