Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Chile

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad with a Chilean power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C power adapter and charging the iPad using a three pinned Type L power adapter.

Chilean power outlet

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the iPad. Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad . This guide has been written to prevent visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPad when they're travelling to Chile.If you're planning a holiday to Chile the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad by using their standard L or C type Chilean 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type L wall outlets are typically used by most Chileans. When travelling to Chile from a different country please double check the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan on staying in a place such as Santiago or Antofagasta please refer to the Chilean Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Chile

Can the iPad be used in Chile?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Chile?

If travelling with more than just your iPad the best travel charger for Chile to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Chileans use two different standards of wall outlets (types L and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Chilean trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Chile.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 Chile.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Chile?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Chilean power outlet

Learn how to charge your iPad with a Chilean power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad from a Chilean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Chilean power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Chilean power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad from a Chilean power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad with a Chilean power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type L power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad using the Chilean power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type L USB power adapter into the wall supply. The squashed hexagon shaped plug supply (sometimes called the Type L power outlet [6]) looks like 3 large adjecent holes forming a line. Note there are two variations of Type L plug supply rated at 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp wall outlet has 4mm round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chilean Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters