How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Tuvalu

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pin Type I USB adapter to charge the iPad from a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This page contains a step-by-step guide which shows exactly how to power the iPad when you are visiting Tuvalu by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz I Type power outlet. When you are travelling to Tuvalu from another region please ensure that the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. 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 have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Tuvalu

Can the iPad be used in Tuvalu?

You can connect the iPad to a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvalu

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Tuvalu?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tuvalu.
  • 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Tuvalu?

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad from a Tuvaluan power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad from a Tuvaluan power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type I USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using the Tuvaluan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 thin slots forming a triangular shape with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad from a Tuvaluan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tuvaluan Wikipedia 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, estimated cost 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, costing 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, costing under C$20.