Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Barbados

A guide showing how to charge your iPad 4 from a Barbadian power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and charging the iPad 4 using a three pin Type B power adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

If organizing a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your indispensable electronics such as mobiles and tablets when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in Barbados you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might be incompatible. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been specifically written to stop travellers having to worry if they can charge the iPad 4 when staying in Barbados.If planning a vacation to Barbados the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad 4 by using their types B or A 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type B power outlets will be normally used by most Barbadians. Most power will change from country to country so we suggest reading the power supplies and North America page for a full list of countries. If the iPad 4 charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Barbados from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your iPad 4 is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else 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 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Barbados

Can you use the iPad 4 in Barbados?

You can use the iPad 4 in Barbados.

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad 4 then the best international travel adapter for Barbados is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Bajans use (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your type of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Barbados we recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Barbados and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Barbados.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Barbados?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter to power the iPad 4 from a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 using the Barbadian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPad 4.
  2. Start by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Barbadian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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 Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Barbadian power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type B power charger.

  1. To power your iPad 4 using the Barbadian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Barbadian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other with a hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one 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. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Barbados entry 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, priced at £1-£2.
  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, around £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, priced £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.