Charging an iPad Air 2 when staying in Nicaragua

Using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a Type B USB charger.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This page contains a step by step guide showing exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Air 2 when you're in Nicaragua using the standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. You will find power supplies will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections global power sockets page where you'll find a full list showing countries. If the iPad Air 2 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Nicaragua from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on visiting a Nicaraguan city such as Managua refer to the Nicaragua Wikipedia page [1] for further details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Nicaragua

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Nicaraguan power outlet.

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What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Nicaragua?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Air 2 then the best international travel charger for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Nicaraguan trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Nicaragua we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nicaragua and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Nicaragua.
  • 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 offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Nicaragua?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 from the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to charge an iPad Air 2 using the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Nicaragua Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, costs between $10 to $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, costing between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, costs between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under $15.