Charging the iPad 3 in Jamaica

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 3 with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type A USB charger and powering the iPad 3 using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Jamaican power outlet

When planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you can power all your essential electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Differing frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPad 3 in Jamaica. These step-by-step instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 3 when staying in Jamaica by using their Type B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Jamaicans typically use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. If your iPad 3 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Jamaica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Jamaica

Can you use the iPad 3 in Jamaica?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Jamaican power outlet.

Jamaica

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Jamaica?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Jamaica to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 3 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Jamaica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Jamaica?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Jamaican power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPad 3 from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 using the Jamaican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by 2 adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Jamaican power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to power the iPad 3 with a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 from the Jamaican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. First plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet. This wall outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Jamaica
  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, under 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, priced C$10-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.