How to charge the iPad 4 from a power outlet in Aruba

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 4 from an Aruban power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type A USB adapter, how to charge the iPad 4 using a three pin Type B USB charger and how to charge the iPad 4 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug

Aruban power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad 4 when you're visiting Aruba by using their Type F, A or B Aruban 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Aruba from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your iPad 4 is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning to visit an Aruban place such as Oranjestad or Sint Nicolaas we also suggest referring to the Aruba Wikipedia web page [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Aruba

Can you use the iPad 4 in Aruba?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Aruba by using a power convertor.

Aruba

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Aruba?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets that Arubans use (types F, A and B) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Aruba or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Aruba 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Aruba using 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Aruba?

Powering the iPad 4 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 using an Aruban power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad 4).
  2. Firstly plug 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 for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable with a Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPad 4 from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 using the Aruban power outlet you'll need to buy 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 4).
  2. First plug the Type B USB power adapter in the Aruban power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots next to each other with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Aruban power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Schuko Type F power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with an Aruban power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 from an Aruban power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the two holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Aruban power outlet

See also

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