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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type I power adapter to charge your iPad 2 from a Samoan power outlet.

Samoan power outlet

If you are planning a trip to Samoa it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and laptop computers when you get there. By not knowing which wall socket is used in Samoa you are likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Differing voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 2 abroad.This page has useful instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 2 when staying in Samoa using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I Samoan plug outlet. When you are visiting Samoa from another region please make sure your iPad 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Samoa

Can the iPad 2 be used in Samoa?

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

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Samoa to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers are supplied 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 2 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 also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Samoa we recommend searching for 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 Samoa

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 converter for travellers originating from America going to Samoa using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 2 in Samoa?

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Samoan power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad 2 from a Samoan power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type I power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad 2 from a Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I 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. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 thin slots forming a triangle configuration 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 adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Samoan power outlet

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, 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 £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.