How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Tobago

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

Tobagonian power outlet

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you get there. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.If you're visiting Tobago these useful instructions show powering your iPad using their standard types B or A Tobagonian 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Tobagonians normally use the Type B wall outlets. If the iPad does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Tobago from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the iPad is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay at a city such as Scarborough or Queens Bay read the Tobago country Wiki page [1] for more indepth details prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Tobago

Can you use the iPad in Tobago?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Tobago by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Tobago?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Tobago is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Tobagonians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tobago 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tobago.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Tobago. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Tobago?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from a Tobagonian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 thin adjacent slots where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to power your iPad from a Tobagonian power outlet using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Tobagonian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tobago country Wiki 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, costs C$15-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, 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, priced 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.