Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Nicaragua

A guide showing how to power the iPad from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and recharging the iPad using a Type B USB charger.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad when you are abroad.If planning a trip to Nicaragua the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad by using their standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPad does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Nicaragua from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise 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 you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Nicaragua

Can the iPad be used in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Nicaraguan power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Nicaragua?

If travelling with more than just your iPad then the best travel charger for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Nicaraguan trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Nicaragua we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nicaragua and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Nicaragua using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Nicaragua?

Powering the iPad with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad from the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type B power adapter to recharge your iPad with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaraguan country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around C$50.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costing C$20-C$25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$20.