How to charge the iPad when visiting Ecuador

Simple instructions showing you how to power your iPad with an Ecuadorian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter and recharging the iPad using a Type B power adapter.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad . These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad abroad.If you're staying in Ecuador these useful instructions show how to power the iPad using the standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPad charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Ecuador from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Ecuador

Can the iPad be used in Ecuador?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Ecuador.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Ecuador?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ecuadorians use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPad at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ecuador and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Ecuador using type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to recharge the iPad with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad from an Ecuadorian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPad with an Ecuadorian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad using the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuadorian page on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 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/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