How to charge the iPad when planning a trip to Samoa

How to connect a Samoan power outlet to the iPad

Samoan power outlet

If packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge all your common gadgets at your destination. However, by not knowing which power socket is used in Samoa you could end up either weighing your luggage down with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Differing voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad in Samoa. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad abroad.If you are planning a vacation to Samoa this page has instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type plug supply. You'll discover that most power sources are different regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of regions. If you are visiting Samoa from a different country please ensure that the iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on visiting a Samoan destination like Apia or Vaitele we also recommend referring to the Samoa Wikipedia web page [1] for further information. 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 Samoa

Can you use the iPad in Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Samoan power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Samoa?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your iPad can support 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.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip to Samoa or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

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 visitors 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 come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Samoa 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Samoa using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Samoa?

Charging the iPad from a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPad with a Samoan power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type I power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad using a Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type I USB power adapter in the Samoan power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three thin slots in an upside-down triangle pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Samoa Wikipedia web page
  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, costing around £20.
  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 around £5.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.