Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in American Samoa

A guide showing how to power the iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power charger, powering the iPad 2 using a Type A USB plug and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type F USB plug

American Samoan power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPad 2 . This guide was written to prevent visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPad 2 when they are abroad.When you're visiting American Samoa this page has instructions showing charging the iPad 2 using the types I, A, B or F 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type I wall outlets are normally used by a majority of American Samoans. If your iPad 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to American Samoa from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPad 2 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you're planning to stay in a tourist destination such as Tafuna or Pago Pago please read the American Samoa Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in American Samoa

Can the iPad 2 be used in American Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to an American Samoan power outlet.

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What is the best power adapter for the iPad 2 in American Samoa?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad 2 then the best travel charger for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different types of power outlets (types I, A, B and F) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 2 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing 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 when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America going to American 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 from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 2 in American Samoa?

Powering the iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet with a 30-pin cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad 2 from the American Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin connector and a 2 pin Type F power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 using the American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the American Samoan power outlet. This recessed round plug supply (sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [8] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type I power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it into the American Samoan power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type I power outlet [10]) can be recognised by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from an American Samoan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoa Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, estimated cost £3-£4.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costs around £20.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, £15-£20.
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. 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 price £20-£25.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.