How to charge the iPad Air when staying in Montserrat

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with a Montserratian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger and how to charge the iPad Air using a Type B power plug.

Montserratian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge the iPad Air when going to Montserrat.The following simple guide will show you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when you're travelling to Montserrat by using the standard types B or A Montserratian 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If visiting Montserrat from another country please ensure that the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Montserrat

Can the iPad Air be used in Montserrat?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Montserrat.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Montserrat is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Montserrat (types B and A) and bringing 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 just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Air can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. 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 and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. 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 wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular 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. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Montserrat?

Charging the iPad Air from a Montserratian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPad Air from a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air using a Montserratian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin adjacent slots where the blades sit. Note that power cords used with type A plugs which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so we suggest checking first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from a Montserratian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Montserratian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Air with a Montserratian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type B power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air using a Montserratian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with the iPad Air by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the 2 slots where the blades slide into 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 only 125 volts shouldn't be used in Montserrat so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Montserratian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Montserratian 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, 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, estimated cost 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, estimated price 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, priced at under C$20.