Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to American Samoa

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F power adapter, powering the iPad 3 using a Type A USB charger and recharging the iPad 3 using a 3 pin Type B power charger

American Samoan power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad 3 . This page contains instructions telling you how to supply power to the iPad 3 when you're travelling to American Samoa using the Type I, A, B or F 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note Type I plug outlets will be normally used by a majority of American Samoans. If the iPad 3 does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to American Samoa from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in American Samoa

Can you use the iPad 3 in American Samoa?

You can use the iPad 3 in American Samoa by using a power adaptor.

American Samoa

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in American Samoa?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 3 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for American Samoa is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of power outlets that American Samoans use (I, A, B and F) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to American Samoa we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting American Samoa.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 most travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in American Samoa?

Powering the iPad 3 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 with an American Samoan power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the bottom of the 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. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad 3 with an American Samoan power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the American Samoan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger to recharge your iPad 3 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using the American Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into along with a pair of two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. 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 can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet

Charging the iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a Type I USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad 3).
  2. Plug the Type I USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. This power supply (sometimes called the Type I power outlet [10]) can be recognised by 3 thin slots in a triangle pattern with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoan country page on Wikipedia
  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, costing C$4-C$5.
  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, under C$5.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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 at under C$5.
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. 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 price C$4-C$5.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.