Charging the iPad when staying in Tonga

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type I USB charger to power the iPad with a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to power their iPad when they're staying in Tonga.If you're visiting Tonga these instructions show powering the iPad using the standard 240 volt 50Hz I Type Tongan wall outlet. Power supplies will vary from region to region therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Tonga from another country please check the iPad can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Tonga

Can the iPad be used in Tonga?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Tonga.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Tonga?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel adapter for Tonga to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Tonga we recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tonga using 3 pinned 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Tonga?

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

Instructions on how to power the iPad with a Tongan power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type I USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Tongan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad).
  2. Firstly plug the Type I USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three thin slots in an upside-down triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the USB mains adapter 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 Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad from a Tongan power outlet

See also

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