Charging your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in American Samoa

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 with an American Samoan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter, charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type A power adapter and how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a Type B USB plug

American Samoan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 . This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 abroad.When you're travelling to American Samoa the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Mini 2 by using their standard Type I, A, B or F 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of American Samoans will normally use Type I plugs in their plug outlets. If your iPad Mini 2 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to American Samoa from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in American Samoa

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in American Samoa?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in American Samoa.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in American Samoa?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel adapter for American Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as 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.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your American Samoan trip. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an 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 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting American Samoa using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in American Samoa?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally supplied with your iPad Mini 2 by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  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 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging which should take between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Firstly insert the Type B USB power adapter in the American Samoan power outlet. The wall outlet (known as the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin blades go with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn 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 iPad is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 with an American Samoan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 2 using the American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally supplied with your iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. This recessed round power outlet, also known as a Type F power outlet [8], can be recognised by two 4.8mm adjacent holes for live and neutral, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an American Samoan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type I power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type I power outlet [10], can be recognised by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about American Samoa
  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, under C$30.
  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, under 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$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, estimated price C$15-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, C$15-C$20.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under C$20.