How to charge the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Guam

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type A USB adapter and how to power the iPad 2 using a three pinned Type B USB plug.

Guamanian power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power their iPad 2 abroad.If you are staying in Guam this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad 2 by using the B or A type 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad 2 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Guam 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) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Guam

Can the iPad 2 be used in Guam?

You can use the iPad 2 in Guam by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Guam?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Guam to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Guamanians use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guam

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 2, but 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 can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Guam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Guam. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Guam?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad 2).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Guamanian 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 typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 2 from the Guamanian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad 2).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the Guamanian power outlet. This wall outlet, technically known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by the 2 slots next to each other where the short live and neutral blades sit with a semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Guamanian 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 2 is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Guamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guamanian 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, priced at £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, £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, priced under £15.