How to charge your iPad Air from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with a Puerto Rican power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type A USB adapter and powering the iPad Air using a Type B power adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

If organizing to travel to Puerto Rico it can often be useful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets when you're there. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in Puerto Rico you may bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you need it that might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPad Air abroad.The following useful guide shows how to power the iPad Air when going to Puerto Rico by using their B or A type 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Puerto Ricans use Type B wall outlets. If your iPad Air charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Puerto Rico

Can you use the iPad Air in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Puerto Rico by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Puerto Rico?

If travelling with more than your iPad Air or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Puerto Ricans use (types B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad Air can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

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 Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Puerto Rico.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Puerto Rico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with a Puerto Rican power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air from the Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this cable is normally included with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Puerto Rican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPad Air with a Puerto Rican power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Air.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 2 thin slots where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Puerto Rico Wikipedia web 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 cost under £15.
  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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £10-£15.