Charging an iPad Air 2 when staying in Samoa

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type I USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a Samoan power outlet.

Samoan power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. If you are staying in Samoa this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Air 2 by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I Samoan power outlet. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Samoa from another region please double check your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a place like Apia or Vaitele read the wikipedia.org entry about Samoa [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Samoa

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Samoa?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Samoan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Samoa?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your iPad Air 2 the best international travel charger for Samoa is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Samoa 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 adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Samoa 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Samoa?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Samoan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type I USB charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 from the Samoan power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter into the Samoan power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the three thin slots in an upside-down triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Samoan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Samoa
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costs around £20.
  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, priced at around £15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.