How to charge the iPad in Jamaica

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad from a Jamaican power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type A power adapter and charging the iPad using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Jamaican power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. If you are going to Jamaica these useful instructions show how to power your iPad by using the B or A type Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Jamaicans normally use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which area you are in therefore we suggest reading the power supplies page for a full list of countries. If your iPad slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Jamaica from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional 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 you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Jamaica

Can the iPad be used in Jamaica?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Jamaica.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Jamaica?

When travelling with more than your iPad the best travel power adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Jamaica 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Jamaica using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Jamaica?

Charging the iPad from a Jamaican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPad from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad from the Jamaican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable with the iPad.
  2. First insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. The wall supply (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two adjacent slots where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Jamaican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide on how to charge the iPad from a Jamaican power outlet using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Jamaican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPad.
  2. First plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two thin slots with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaica page 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, £1-£2.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs £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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.