How to charge the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Chile

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a Chilean power outlet and how to recharge the iPad 2 using a three pinned Type L power plug.

Chilean power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Chile it's useful to know in advance if you can power all your essential electronics like mobile phones and tablets when you arrive. But, by not knowing which power socket is used in Chile you could end up either weighing your luggage down with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. If you're going to Chile this page has instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad 2 by using the standard L or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Chileans normally use the Type L plugs in their power outlets. If travelling to Chile from a different region double check the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Chile

Can you use the iPad 2 in Chile?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Chile.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Chile?

When travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Chile to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Chileans use (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. 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 and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous 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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Chile and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Chile using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Chile?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Chilean power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad 2 from a Chilean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 2 from the Chilean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with the iPad 2 by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type C USB power adapter in the Chilean power outlet. This unearthed wall supply can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Chilean power outlet

Powering the iPad 2 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type L power charger to recharge the iPad 2 with a Chilean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 using the Chilean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped wall supply, technically known as the Type L power outlet [6], looks like three holes forming a line. You'll find there are two different types of Type L power supply rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chile Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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