Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Barbados

Using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge the iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet and how to power the iPad 3 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Barbadian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad 3 . This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you are abroad.If travelling to Barbados this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad 3 by using their standard Type B or A 115 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are typically used by most Barbadians. If the iPad 3 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting Barbados from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning on staying at a destination such as Bridgetown we recommend referring to the Barbados Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Barbados

Can you use the iPad 3 in Barbados?

You can use the iPad 3 in Barbados by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Barbados?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad 3 then the best travel charger for Barbados to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets in Barbados (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Barbadian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Barbados 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Barbados.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Barbados?

Powering the iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from a Barbadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the two adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then 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 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type B USB charger to charge your iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from a Barbadian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other where the plug outlet blades sit with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Barbados Wikipedia 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, estimated price around C$50.
  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, priced at under C$25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.