Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in French Polynesia

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type A power adapter, how to recharge the iPad 3 using a Type B USB charger and recharging the iPad 3 using a two pinned Type E power adapter

French Polynesian power outlet

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPad 3 when travelling to French Polynesia by using their standard Type E, A or B 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You will discover power is different regionally therefore please read the power supplies and Oceania page for a full list of regions and countries. If your iPad 3 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting French Polynesia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you're planning on travelling to a French Polynesian destination such as Papeete we recommend referring to the Wikipedia web page about French Polynesia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in French Polynesia

Can you use the iPad 3 in French Polynesia?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a French Polynesian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in French Polynesia?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 3 then the best international travel adapter for French Polynesia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Tahitians use three different types of power outlets (E, A and B) 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 can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain 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 wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

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 the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter 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 French Polynesia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in French Polynesia?

Powering the iPad 3 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the French Polynesian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger 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 French Polynesian 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 is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type B power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad 3).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the French Polynesian power outlet. This wall outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by the 2 slots adjacent to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Then 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 French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right 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 recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type E power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large adjacent holes where the twin pins go along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a French Polynesian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about French Polynesia
  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, priced 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under C$20.
  10. 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.