Charging the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Barbados

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with a Barbadian power outlet and charging the iPad 2 using a Type B power charger.

Barbadian power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad 2 . When you're visiting Barbados the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad 2 by using their standard B or A type Barbadian 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Barbadians normally use the Type B power outlets. If your iPad 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Barbados from a different country 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 (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay in a destination such as Bridgetown we also suggest reading the Barbadian country wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Barbados

Can you use the iPad 2 in Barbados?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Barbadian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Barbados?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 2 the best international travel adapter for Barbados is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Barbadians use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these 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 included heads. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Barbadian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Barbados we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated here 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 Barbados

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 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Barbados and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Barbados.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one 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 Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Barbados?

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 using the Barbadian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 2.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades slide into.
  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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Barbadian power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad 2 from a Barbadian power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 using the Barbadian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 2 by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Barbadian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Barbadian country wikipedia 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 price £15-£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, £5-£10.
  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, around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.