How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to Curacao

A guide on how to recharge the iPad with a Curacaon power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type A power adapter, how to charge the iPad using a three pinned Type B power plug and how to recharge the iPad using a 2 pinned Type C power plug

Curacaon power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Curacao this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad by using the C, A or B type 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover that power changes depending on which region you are travelling to so we recommend reading the North America page for a complete list of countries. If your iPad slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Curacao from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPad is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Curacao

Can the iPad be used in Curacao?

You can use the iPad in Curacao by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Curacao?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Curacao to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Curacaoans use three different standards of wall outlets (C, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Curacao

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Curacao using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Curacao. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Curacao?

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

A guide on how to recharge the iPad with a Curacaon power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Curacaon power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Curacaon power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad from a Curacaon power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad using the Curacaon power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Curacaon power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad from a Curacaon power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad from the Curacaon power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Curacaon power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Curacaon power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Curacao
  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 £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, costing around £5.
  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, costing £10-£15.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £10-£15.