How to charge the iPad Air when staying in American Samoa

A page on how to power your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a two pinned Type A USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad Air using a Type B power plug and charging the iPad Air using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

American Samoan power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when you're going abroad.This page contains simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the iPad Air when staying in American Samoa using their Type I, A, B or F 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type I power outlets are used by most American Samoans. If the iPad Air doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to American Samoa from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on staying somewhere like Tafuna please read the wikipedia.org page about American Samoa [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in American Samoa

Can the iPad Air be used in American Samoa?

You can connect the iPad Air to an American Samoan power outlet.

American Samoa

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in American Samoa?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of wall outlets in American Samoa (types I, A, B and F) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to American Samoa using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in American Samoa?

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

A page on how to power your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a two pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air using an American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad Air.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB charger to recharge your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air using the American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet

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

A page on how to power your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air from the American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the American Samoan power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type I power charger to recharge your iPad Air from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air from the American Samoan power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the American Samoan power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type I power outlet [10], can be recognised by the three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about American Samoa
  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, £2-£3.
  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, around £15.
  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, £20-£25.
  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, £10-£15.
  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 cost £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.