Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Samoa

How to connect a Samoan power outlet to the iPad 4

Samoan power outlet

Varying complicated standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your iPad 4 . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when you're in staying in Samoa.This step-by-step guide will show exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 4 when you're in Samoa by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall outlet. If you are travelling to Samoa from a different country please double check your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Samoa

Can the iPad 4 be used in Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Samoan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Samoa?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad 4 then the best international travel adapter for Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Samoa we recommend buying a versatile power adapter of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Samoa.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Samoa?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pinned Type I power adapter to recharge your iPad 4 with a Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 using a Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it into the Samoan power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Samoan 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, £20-£25.
  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, £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.