How to charge an iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Colombia

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Colombian power outlet and charging an iPad Air 2 using a Type B USB adapter.

Colombian power outlet

Different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad Air 2 in Colombia. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air 2 when staying in Colombia by using their Type B or A Colombian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad Air 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Colombia from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Colombia

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Colombia?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Colombian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Colombia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Colombia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Colombians use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Colombia 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 Colombia 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Colombia.
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Colombia?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Colombian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the Colombian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad Air 2 by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Colombian 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 an iPad Air 2 with a Colombian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Colombian power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Colombian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air 2 from the Colombian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Colombian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia - Colombian page on wikipedia
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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