Charging the iPad when staying in The Cook Islands

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type I USB adapter to power the iPad with a Cook Islands power outlet.

Cook Islands power outlet

If organizing a trip it can be helpful to know if you can use all your gadgets such as mobiles or tablets at your hotel. But, without knowing which wall socket is used in The Cook Islands you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival that might not be compatible. Differing frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad in The Cook Islands. These guidelines were specifically written to assist people wanting to power the iPad when they are going abroad.This page contains instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad when you're travelling to The Cook Islands using their standard 240 volt 50Hz I Type wall supply. If you are visiting The Cook Islands from a different region please check that your iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on visiting a Cook Islands city such as Avarua refer to the Cook Islands country entry on wikipedia [1] for more details. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in The Cook Islands

Can the iPad be used in The Cook Islands?

Yes, you can use the iPad in The Cook Islands.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in The Cook Islands?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for The Cook Islands to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad supports Fast Charge (note that 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 also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to The Cook Islands we recommend 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 tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Cook Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting The Cook Islands using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Cook Islands. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in The Cook Islands?

Charging the iPad from a Cook Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad with a Cook Islands power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type I USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad using a Cook Islands power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type I USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 thin slots in an upside-down triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect 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 bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Cook Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Cook Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cook Islands country entry on wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, C$10-C$15.
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.