How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Chile

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Chilean power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and how to charge the iPad 3 using a Type L USB adapter.

Chilean power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 abroad.When staying in Chile the following instructions show charging your iPad 3 by using the standard types L or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Chileans will typically use the Type L plugs in their power outlets. When you are visiting Chile from a different country check that the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 3 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPad 3 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend to stay in a Chilean destination such as Santiago or Arica refer to the Chile Wiki page [1] for further details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Chile

Can you use the iPad 3 in Chile?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in Chile by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Chile?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad 3 then the best international travel charger for Chile is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Chileans use two different types of plug sockets (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for charging your iPad 3 at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 3, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Chile 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Chile?

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

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Chilean power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 3 using a Chilean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPad 3).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Chilean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Chilean power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Chilean power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type L USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 3 from the Chilean power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally supply this cable with your iPad 3.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type L USB power adapter in the Chilean power outlet. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by the 3 holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Please note there are two variations of Type L wall supply, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp wall supply has 4mm round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chile Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_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