Charging the iPad 3 when visiting Tonga

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger to charge the iPad 3 from a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad 3 in Tonga. This page was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 3 abroad.When visiting Tonga the following instructions show how to charge the iPad 3 using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. If visiting Tonga from a different country ensure the iPad 3 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPad 3 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Tonga

Can you use the iPad 3 in Tonga?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Tongan power outlet.

Tonga

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Tonga?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 3 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Tonga is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on a flight. 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 power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however 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 is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tonga 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Tonga?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Tongan power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad 3 from a Tongan power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type I power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 3 using a Tongan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad 3.
  2. Plug in the Type I USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 thin slots forming an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains USB charger 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. Switch on the Tongan 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 is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Tongan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tonga Wikipedia web page
  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$15-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, 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, priced under C$20.