How to charge the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Argentina

Instructions on how to power your iPad Mini from an Argentinean power outlet using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a three pin Type I USB adapter.

Argentinean power outlet

When packing for a vacation it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is used in Argentina you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy a suitable charger when you're there. Different region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. When planning a vacation to Argentina the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini by using the standard types I or C Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type I plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Argentineans. You'll discover most power sockets differ from country to country so please read our Wikiconnections global power connections guide where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If visiting Argentina from a different region check your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Argentina

Can the iPad Mini be used in Argentina?

You can connect the iPad Mini to an Argentinean power outlet.

Argentina

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Argentina?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Argentines use two different standards of wall outlets (I and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling 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 travel charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Argentina and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Argentina?

Powering the iPad Mini with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini using an Argentinean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the Argentinean power outlet. The plug outlet, also called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean 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 Mini is recharging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Argentinean power outlet

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type I USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini from the Argentinean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already supplied with the iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades. Note that the live and neutral pins are reversed compared to Australian and Chinese plug outlets, check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Argentinean power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentinean Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, 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, costing between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.