How to charge the iPad Air when staying in Tuvalu

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to charge the iPad Air with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPad Air when travelling to Tuvalu by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz Type I Tuvaluan wall supply. Power sources differ regionally so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections world power supplies page for a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Tuvalu from another region check that your iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure the iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Tuvalu

Can the iPad Air be used in Tuvalu?

You can connect the iPad Air to a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a power convertor.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Tuvalu?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air then the best international travel power adapter for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Tuvalu.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Tuvalu?

Powering the iPad Air with a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to charge the iPad Air with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Air using a Tuvaluan power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the Tuvaluan power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tuvalu Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costs 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around $15.