Charging the iPad 3 when staying in Trinidad

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

Trinidad power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Trinidad it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common gadgets like mobile phones and laptop computers when you get to your destination. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Trinidad you could pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival that might not be compatible. Different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country especially if you've never visited before. This page was written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to charge their iPad 3 when they are visiting Trinidad.This page has useful instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad 3 when you're visiting Trinidad by using their standard types B or A 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you'll find a majority of Trinidadians will use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. You'll find that power sockets are different depending on which region you travelling to so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections global power supplies list for a full list of destinations. If the iPad 3 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Trinidad from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Trinidad

Can the iPad 3 be used in Trinidad?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in Trinidad.

Trinidad

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Trinidad?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel adapter for Trinidad to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Trinidadians use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Trinidad and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Trinidad.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Trinidad?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Trinidad power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 3 from a Trinidad power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from the Trinidad power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  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 tablet is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Trinidad power outlet

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

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to charge the iPad 3 from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from the Trinidad power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the Trinidad power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Turn 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 3 is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Trinidad power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Trinidad
  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, estimated cost 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, 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 C$15-C$20.