How to charge an iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Tonga

How to connect a Tongan power outlet to an iPad Air 2

Tongan power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to power the iPad Air 2 in Tonga. When you are travelling to Tonga this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad Air 2 by using the 240 volt 50Hz I Type Tongan wall supply. When travelling to Tonga from another region double check the iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Tonga

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Tonga?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Tonga by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Tonga?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel power adapter for Tonga is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter 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 different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 America visiting Tonga.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper 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 more 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 Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Tonga?

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

Using a Lightning connector and a three pinned Type I power charger to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Tongan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air 2 using a Tongan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by three slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Tongan 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 tablet is powering up and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Tongan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Tonga
  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, priced at £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.