How to charge the iPad when staying in Barbados

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Barbadian power outlet and powering the iPad using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which power supply is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they can power the iPad abroad.This page is a guide showing exactly how to power the iPad when staying in Barbados by using the standard Type B or A 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Bajans. If your iPad charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Barbados from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. 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 Barbados

Can the iPad be used in Barbados?

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

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Barbados?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPad the best travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Barbadians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Barbados or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad 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 tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Barbados using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Barbados?

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

A page on how to power your iPad from a Barbadian power outlet with a USB 30-pin connector and a Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using a Barbadian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPad.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Barbadian power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the power adapter 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 Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Barbadian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Barbadian power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPad with a Barbadian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type B USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using a Barbadian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad.
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Barbadian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots next to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  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. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Barbadian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Barbados country page on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost C$15-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, under 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 under 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 C$15-C$20.