Charging the iPad when visiting New Caledonia

Instructions showing how to power the iPad with a New Caledonian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter and how to power the iPad using a two pinned Type F power plug.

New Caledonian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPad . The following step by step guide shows you how to power your iPad when you're visiting New Caledonia by using their types F or C New Caledonian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power sockets will change from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power supplies guide for a full list of powering devices in different regions and countries. If you are visiting New Caledonia from a different region please ensure your iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. 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 New Caledonia

Can you use the iPad in New Caledonia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a New Caledonian power outlet.

New Caledonia

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in New Caledonia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad the best travel adapter for New Caledonia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. New Caledonians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Caledonia

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both New Caledonia 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to New Caledonia.
  • 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 New Caledonia. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in New Caledonia?

Charging the iPad from a New Caledonian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPad with a New Caledonian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from a New Caledonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the New Caledonian power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the New Caledonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad from a New Caledonian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a New Caledonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPad with a New Caledonian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad from the New Caledonian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The recessed round wall outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Turn on the New Caledonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a New Caledonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about New Caledonia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced 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 under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, priced 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, costing under C$20.