Charging the iPad Air in Samoa

How to connect a Samoan power outlet to the iPad Air

Samoan power outlet

If you are planning to travel to Samoa it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge any common devices like mobiles and tablets when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is being used in Samoa you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you arrive. Differing voltages and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. If travelling to Samoa these instructions show how to power the iPad Air using the standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall supply. When you are travelling to Samoa from another country please check your iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Samoa

Can you use the iPad Air in Samoa?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international 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 chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

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 Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters 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 America visiting Samoa.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 the iPad Air in Samoa?

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

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

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using the Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type I USB power adapter into the Samoan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad Air 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, estimated cost £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, costing £10-£15.