How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to French Polynesia

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet by using an Apple 30-pin cable with a three pin Type A USB adapter, how to charge the iPad using a three pinned Type B power plug and powering the iPad using a two pin Type E USB charger

French Polynesian power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad abroad.If you are staying in French Polynesia this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad by using the standard E, A or B type 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to French Polynesia from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer 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 French Polynesia

Can the iPad be used in French Polynesia?

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

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in French Polynesia?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad the best travel power adapter for French Polynesia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of wall outlets in French Polynesia (types E, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both French Polynesia 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting French Polynesia.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in French Polynesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad using a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPad with a French Polynesian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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 French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type E power adapter to charge your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad using a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
  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 can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the French Polynesian 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 taking around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Polynesian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesian 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, under £3.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced at £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, £20-£25.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around £10.