Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Nicaragua

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Air with a Nicaraguan power outlet and powering the iPad Air using a Type B power adapter.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. When you are visiting Nicaragua the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Air by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Most power changes depending on which country you are in so we recommend reading the power supplies and North America page for a full list of countries. If the iPad Air doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Nicaragua from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you're planning on staying in a Nicaraguan city like Managua or León we recommend reading the Nicaraguan Wikipedia web page [1] for more information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Nicaragua

Can the iPad Air be used in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Nicaraguan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Nicaragua (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Nicaragua we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Nicaragua.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Nicaragua?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter to power the iPad Air from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Air using the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable when you buy the iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type B USB charger to power the iPad Air from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air using the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the Nicaraguan power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6], is identified by the 2 thin slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single semicircular hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple charging cable into the bottom of the power adapter 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaraguan Wikipedia web 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, estimated price under 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, C$10-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, under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.