How to charge your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Tonga

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type I power adapter to charge the iPad 4 with a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 when you are visiting abroad.The following useful guide shows how to power the iPad 4 in Tonga using their 240 volt 50Hz Type I Tongan wall supply. When you are travelling to Tonga from another country please ensure your iPad 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Tonga

Can you use the iPad 4 in Tonga?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Tonga by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in Tonga?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 4 or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Tonga is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 charge devices via USB, but for those 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 is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 4 in Tonga?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Tongan power outlet

A guide showing how to power your iPad 4 with a Tongan power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type I power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 4 from the Tongan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad 4.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This plug outlet, technically called a Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Tongan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tongan entry on wikipedia.org
  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, costs £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, costing £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.