Charging the iPad 4 from a power outlet in American Samoa

A page showing how to charge your iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter, how to power the iPad 4 using a Type B USB plug and how to power the iPad 4 using a Type F Schuko power adapter

American Samoan power outlet

Different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. This page contains a simple guide telling you exactly what you'll need to power your iPad 4 in American Samoa using the standard I, A, B or F type American Samoan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll find a majority of American Samoans typically use Type I power outlets. If the iPad 4 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting American Samoa from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in American Samoa

Can you use the iPad 4 in American Samoa?

You can use the iPad 4 in American Samoa.

American Samoa

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in American Samoa?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad 4 the best international travel charger for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different types of power outlets (types 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 pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both American Samoa 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 option for travellers originating from America going to 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 America using type B plugs and offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in American Samoa?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to power the iPad 4 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the American Samoan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad 4 with an American Samoan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the American Samoan power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your iPad 4 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 4 using the American Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular power supply (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [8] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type I power adapter to power the iPad 4 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 using the American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the wall supply. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type I power outlet [10]) can be recognised by the 3 thin slots in a triangular configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 4 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoan Wikipedia web page
  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, estimated cost under 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 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, priced at under C$20.
  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, under C$20.
  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 cost under C$20.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.