How to charge the iPad when staying in Montserrat

A page on how to power your iPad from a Montserratian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger and charging the iPad using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Montserratian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These simple instructions shows you exactly how to power the iPad when visiting Montserrat by using the standard types B or A Montserratian 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Montserrat from a different region make sure that your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Montserrat

Can the iPad be used in Montserrat?

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

Montserrat

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Montserrat?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Montserrat to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Montserratians use two different types of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Montserrat or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Montserrat

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Montserrat and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Montserrat.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Montserrat?

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

A page on how to power your iPad from a Montserratian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Montserratian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins. Note that power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at only 125 volts shouldn't be used in Montserrat so please check prior to continuing.
  3. Plug in one end of the power cord into the USB power charger 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 Montserratian 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 recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Montserratian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPad from a Montserratian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPad from a Montserratian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad from the Montserratian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin. Please note that power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so please check prior to continuing.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the USB power charger 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 Montserratian 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 recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Montserratian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Montserrat
  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, priced 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, 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, costs 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 price under C$20.