How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to Trinidad

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad from a Trinidad power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPad using a three pinned Type B USB plug.

Trinidad power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad in Trinidad. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad when you're in Trinidad.If going to Trinidad these useful instructions show powering your iPad by using the B or A type 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Trinidadians typically use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. If the iPad does not power up or charges slowly when 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 such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPad is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. 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 have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Trinidad

Can you use the iPad in Trinidad?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Trinidad.

Trinidad

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Trinidad?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Trinidad is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Trinidadians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your trip. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Trinidad using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Trinidad?

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad from a Trinidad power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad from the Trinidad power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Trinidad power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Trinidad power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPad from a Trinidad power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type B power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad from the Trinidad power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with the iPad by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Trinidad power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad 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 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, costing C$15-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 C$15-C$20.