How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Micronesia

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to power your iPad from a Micronesian power outlet and how to recharge the iPad using a three pin Type B USB adapter.

Micronesian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country especially for the first time traveller. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your iPad when you're travelling to Micronesia by using the B or A type 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPad slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Micronesia from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPad is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on staying at a Micronesian city such as Weno or Palikir refer to the Micronesia Wiki page [1] for further details prior to the location. 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 Micronesia

Can the iPad be used in Micronesia?

You can connect the iPad to a Micronesian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Micronesia?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Micronesia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Micronesia (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Micronesia

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 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 necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Micronesia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Micronesia using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Micronesia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Micronesia?

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type A USB adapter to charge the iPad with a Micronesian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad using a Micronesian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPad.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Micronesian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by two thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power 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. Turn on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Micronesian 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 Micronesian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad with a Micronesian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Micronesian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter in the Micronesian power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into 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. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad from a Micronesian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Micronesia Wiki 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 around £1.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost £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, estimated price £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.