How to charge the iPad Air 2 in Panama

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 with a Panamanian power outlet and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Panamanian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 when you are staying abroad.If you are travelling to Panama the following instructions show charging your iPad Air 2 using their standard Type B or A Panamanian 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections global power connections list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If your iPad Air 2 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Panama from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a different 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 (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning to stay at a Panamanian place such as Panama City or Col√≥n we suggest referring to the Panama country page on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Panama

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Panama?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Panama.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Panama?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Panama to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Panamanians 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. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. 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 bring individual travel chargers. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Panama

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using 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 crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies 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 both Panama 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 visiting Panama using 3 pin 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 one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Panama. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Panama?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Panamanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Panamanian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air 2 from the Panamanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the Panamanian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin adjacent slots.
  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 an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Panamanian 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 tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Panamanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Panamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Panamanian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air 2 from a Panamanian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Panamanian power outlet. The power outlet (called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots with a hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Panamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Panama country page on wikipedia.org
  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 price around $10.
  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, estimated price between $15 to $20.
  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, between $5 to $10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.