How to charge your iPad Air from a power outlet in Argentina

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Air from an Argentinean power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power charger and powering the iPad Air using a Type I power adapter.

Argentinean power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and laptops when you reach your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may end up either having to bring too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Differing standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. This page is a guide showing you what you'll need to charge the iPad Air when staying in Argentina by using their I or C type Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type I wall outlets will be normally used by most Argentinians. When you are visiting Argentina from a different country please ensure that the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Argentina

Can you use the iPad Air in Argentina?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Argentina by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Argentina?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Argentines use two different types of plug sockets (I and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your model of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Argentina.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Argentina?

Charging the iPad Air from an Argentinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Air from an Argentinean power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using an Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is usually already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning charging cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from an Argentinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad Air with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Air from an Argentinean power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector with a Type I power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air using the Argentinean power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Air.
  2. First plug in the Type I USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 3 slots in a triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth. Please note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian plug outlets, check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Argentinean power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina - Argentina 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, costs between $10 to $15.
  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, costs between $5 to $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I mains power outlet, under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.