How to charge the iPad 4 when staying in Chile

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Chilean power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad 4 using a Type L power plug.

Chilean power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Chile it is helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Chile you may bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPad 4 in Chile. This page has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPad 4 when going to Chile.This simple guide will show you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad 4 when you're travelling to Chile by using the standard types L or C Chilean 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type L power outlets are used by most Chileans. When you are travelling to Chile from a different region make sure that the iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting tourist destinations such as Santiago or Puente Alto refer to the Chilean Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Chile

Can the iPad 4 be used in Chile?

You can use the iPad 4 in Chile.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Chile?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Chile to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Chile (types L and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs over. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Chile or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, however for those 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 is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Chile and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Chile using 3 pinned 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Chile?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Chilean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Chilean power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 4 from the Chilean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad 4).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, also known as the Type C power outlet [3], is recognised by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 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 4 from a Chilean power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type L power charger to recharge your iPad 4 from a Chilean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 4 from the Chilean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically supply this USB cable with your iPad 4).
  2. Start by inserting the Type L USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This hexagon shaped wall supply, sometimes called a Type L power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three large round adjecent holes forming a line. Please note there are two variations of Type L wall supply rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp wall supply has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad 4 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/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 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
  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