How to charge the iPad Air 2 when staying in Barbados

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPad Air 2 from a Barbadian power outlet and charging an iPad Air 2 using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 when you are staying abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air 2 when you are travelling to Barbados by using the standard types B or A Barbadian 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Bajans. You will find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If your iPad Air 2 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Barbados from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on visiting a city such as Bridgetown or Speightstown refer to the wikipedia.org page about Barbados [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Barbados

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Barbados?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Barbados.

What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Barbados?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Barbados to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bajans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Barbados.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as 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 a more generous 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Barbados?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Barbadian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPad Air 2 from a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to an iPad Air 2 using a Barbadian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the Barbadian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Barbadian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Barbadian power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type B power charger.

  1. To supply power to an iPad Air 2 using a Barbadian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Barbadian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Barbados
  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, £15-£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, under £20.
  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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under £15.