How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to The Grenadines

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet, how to charge the iPad 4 using a double pin Type C Europlug power plug and how to charge the iPad 4 using a double pinned Type E USB charger

Grenadines power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Varying different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad 4 when you're visiting The Grenadines using their Type G, C, E, I or K Grenadines 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Vincentians. If travelling to The Grenadines from a different region check that the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning to visit a Grenadines place such as Port Elizabeth or Charlestown please read the The Grenadines country page on Wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in The Grenadines

Can you use the iPad 4 in The Grenadines?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in The Grenadines.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in The Grenadines?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for The Grenadines to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different types of plug sockets that Vincentians use (G, C, E, I and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Grenadines

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 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Grenadines and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to The Grenadines using type B American 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 gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Grenadines. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in The Grenadines?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is normally supplied with the iPad 4).
  2. Firstly insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Grenadines power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet

Charging the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 with a Grenadines power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 4 from the Grenadines power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge. [AD]
Charging the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Grenadines power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 using the Grenadines power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally supplied with the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the two holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins sit along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge. [AD]
Powering the iPad 4 with a Grenadines power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type K power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 4 from the Grenadines power outlet you will need a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type K USB power adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type K power outlet [10]) can be identified by three holes in an inverted triangular pattern and the bottom hole appearing semicircular in shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
Charging the iPad 4 from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - The Grenadines country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin.
  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.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin.
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.