How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Barbuda

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to charge the iPad Air from a Barbudan power outlet and charging the iPad Air using a 3 pinned Type B USB charger.

Barbudan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad Air in Barbuda. These instructions were written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air abroad.This page has useful instructions which shows exactly how to power the iPad Air when you are visiting Barbuda by using their B or A type 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Barbuda from a different country double check your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you intend to stay at a Barbudan place such as St. John's or All Saints we suggest referring to the wikipedia.org page about Barbuda [1] for further 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 Barbuda

Can you use the iPad Air in Barbuda?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Barbuda.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Barbuda?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Barbuda is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Barbudans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad Air can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbuda

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. 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 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Barbuda 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 the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Barbuda.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Barbuda?

Powering the iPad Air with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to charge the iPad Air from a Barbudan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air from a Barbudan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Barbudan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 Barbudan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Air with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Air with a Barbudan power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPad Air using a Barbudan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically supply the USB cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the Barbudan power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 2 slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Barbudan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda - wikipedia.org page about Barbuda
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced £10-£15.
  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, priced £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, estimated price £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £15-£20.