Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Montserrat

Instructions on how to power the iPad 2 from a Montserratian power outlet by using the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type B USB plug.

Montserratian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to assist people wanting to power their iPad 2 when they're abroad.If you are staying in Montserrat these instructions show powering the iPad 2 by using their types B or A 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Montserrat from a different country please make sure that your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Brades or Saint Peter's please refer to the Montserratian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Montserrat

Can the iPad 2 be used in Montserrat?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Montserratian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Montserrat?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 the best international travel charger for Montserrat to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Montserratians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Montserrat

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Montserrat using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Montserrat?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type A power charger to charge your iPad 2 with a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 from a Montserratian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this cable with the iPad 2).
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type A USB power adapter into the Montserratian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit. Please be aware that power cables with type A plugs which are rated at less that 240 volts shouldn't be used so we recommend checking first.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Montserratian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Montserratian power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter to power the iPad 2 with a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad 2 from a Montserratian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Montserratian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin. Note that power cables used with type B outlets which are rated at only 125 volts should not be used in Montserrat so please check first.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Montserratian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Montserratian 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, under C$20.
  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 price 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, estimated cost 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, estimated cost under C$20.