How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to Saint Martin

Instructions showing how to power your iPad with a St Martins power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pin Type C USB charger and how to charge the iPad using a two pinned Type F power plug.

St Martins power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. When you're visiting Saint Martin these instructions show how to power the iPad using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type F power outlets are typically used by a majority of Saint Martins. Power supplies vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore please read our WikiConnections global power sockets list for a complete list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Saint Martin from a different country please ensure that the iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Saint Martin

Can the iPad be used in Saint Martin?

You can use the iPad in Saint Martin by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Saint Martin?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Saint Martin is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets in Saint Martin (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Saint Martin we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, 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 can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor 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 Saint Martin 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Saint Martin?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a St Martins power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPad with a St Martins power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pin Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a St Martins power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a St Martins power outlet

Powering the iPad with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad from a St Martins power outlet by using an Apple 30-pin cable with a two pin Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the St Martins power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. This round plug outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the St Martins 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 tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin - Saint Martin wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters