How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Latvia

A guide on how to power the iPad Air with a Latvian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger and charging the iPad Air using a Type F USB adapter.

Latvian power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air when you're in Latvia.If you're going to Latvia this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air using the standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Latvia from another country please double check your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Latvia

Can you use the iPad Air in Latvia?

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

What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Latvia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Latvia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Latvia (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Latvian trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 cheaper 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 Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Latvia?

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

A guide on how to power the iPad Air with a Latvian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using a Latvian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Latvian power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type F power adapter to charge the iPad Air from a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air from a Latvian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Latvian power outlet. This circular plug outlet (called the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Latvian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvia country entry on wikipedia.org
  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, costing C$15-C$20.
  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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.