How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Aruba

Using a Lightning cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPad Air with an Aruban power outlet, charging the iPad Air using a three pin Type B USB charger and how to charge the iPad Air using a double pinned Schuko Type F power charger

Aruban power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the iPad Air when they're staying abroad.When visiting Aruba these instructions show how to power the iPad Air using the standard Type F, A or B 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad Air doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Aruba from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend on taking a trip to a place like Oranjestad we also recommend referring to the Aruba Wikipedia web page [1] for further information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Aruba

Can the iPad Air be used in Aruba?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Aruba by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Aruba?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Arubans use three different standards of power outlets (F, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your Aruban trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Aruba.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Aruba?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPad Air with an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using the Aruban power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Aruban power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Aruban 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 Air is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type B power adapter to charge your iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using an Aruban power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Aruban power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet using a Lightning connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The recessed round wall supply, sometimes known as a Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [8], can be identified by two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from an Aruban power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Aruba 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, estimated cost under C$60.
  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, estimated cost under C$25.
  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, estimated price C$20-C$25.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under C$15.
  10. 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.