Charging an iPad Air 2 when staying in Trinidad

A guide on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Trinidad power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger and how to power an iPad Air 2 using a three pinned Type B power charger.

Trinidad power outlet

When planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you can power all your vital electronics when you get there. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Trinidad you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge that could be incompatible. Differing standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPad Air 2 abroad.This step-by-step guide will show how to charge your iPad Air 2 when you are in Trinidad by using their types B or A Trinidad 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Trinidadians typically use Type B wall outlets. You'll discover that power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a full list of countries. If your iPad Air 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Trinidad from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Trinidad

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Trinidad?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Trinidad power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Trinidad?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 then the best travel adapter for Trinidad is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Trinidadians use (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 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, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel 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 charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Trinidad.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Trinidad?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A USB charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air 2 from a Trinidad power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B USB adapter to power your iPad Air 2 with a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air 2 from a Trinidad power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad Wikipedia web 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, 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, C$20-C$25.
  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.