Charging your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in The British Virgin Islands

Using a USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Type A USB charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a British Virgin Islands power outlet and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a three pinned Type B power charger.

British Virgin Islands power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when travelling to The British Virgin Islands by using their standard types B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Air 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting The British Virgin Islands from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in The British Virgin Islands

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in The British Virgin Islands?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in The British Virgin Islands?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for The British Virgin Islands is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in The British Virgin Islands (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The British Virgin Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to The British Virgin Islands 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting The British Virgin Islands. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in The British Virgin Islands?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type A USB adapter to power your iPad Air 2 with a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air 2 from a British Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type B USB adapter to power your iPad Air 2 with a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 using a British Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about The British Virgin Islands
  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, costs under C$20.
  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, 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, 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, under C$20.