Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and charging the iPad 3 using a Type B power adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad 3 . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 3 when you're abroad.If you are staying in Puerto Rico this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad 3 by using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Puerto Ricans typically use Type B plugs in their plug outlets. If your iPad 3 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (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 Puerto Rico

Can the iPad 3 be used in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Puerto Rican power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Puerto Rico?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 3 the best international travel charger for Puerto Rico to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Puerto Ricans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below 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 Puerto Rico

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 3, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Puerto Rico and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Puerto Rico using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Puerto Rico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Puerto Rican power outlet. The wall supply (called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type B power charger to charge your iPad 3 with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Puerto Rico
  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, C$50-C$60.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price 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, costs under C$25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under C$20.