Charging the iPad Air when staying in New Caledonia

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air from a New Caledonian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Air using a Schuko Type F USB charger.

New Caledonian power outlet

Different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to prepare visitors wanting to power the iPad Air abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad Air when staying in New Caledonia using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to New Caledonia from a different region make sure the iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when charging it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a destination like Nouméa or Wé read the New Caledonia page on wikipedia [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in New Caledonia

Can you use the iPad Air in New Caledonia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a New Caledonian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country then 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. There are two types of power outlets that New Caledonians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for New Caledonia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Caledonia 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting New Caledonia using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting New Caledonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in New Caledonia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a New Caledonian power outlet

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air from a New Caledonian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using a New Caledonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Air).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the New Caledonian power outlet. This plug outlet (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the New Caledonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up which takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a New Caledonian power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air with a New Caledonian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from a New Caledonian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 New Caledonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which 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 which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a New Caledonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - New Caledonia page on wikipedia
  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 at C$15-C$20.
  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, C$10-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, 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, under C$20.