How to charge the iPad 2 when planning a trip to El Salvador

A guide showing how to power the iPad 2 with a Salvadoranf power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pin Type A USB charger and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type B power charger.

Salvadoranf power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPad 2 when travelling to El Salvador by using their Type B or A Salvadoranf 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad 2 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to El Salvador from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend on visiting a Salvadoranf destination like San Salvador or Santa Ana we also recommend referring to the wikipedia web page about El Salvador [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in El Salvador

Can you use the iPad 2 in El Salvador?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Salvadoranf power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in El Salvador?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for El Salvador is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Salvadoransf use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for El Salvador

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to El Salvador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting El Salvador. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in El Salvador?

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

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a Salvadoranf power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 using the Salvadoranf power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with your iPad 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB 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 Salvadoranf power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Salvadoranf power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPad 2 with a Salvadoranf power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 from the Salvadoranf power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPad 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This plug outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots next to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the mains power 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. Switch on the Salvadoranf power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Salvadoranf power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about El Salvador
  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, priced around $5.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced between $5 to $10.
  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, estimated cost between $15 to $20.