Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Chile

A guide on how to charge your iPad Mini with a Chilean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a three pin Type L power adapter.

Chilean power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. If you're staying in Chile this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad Mini using the types L or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type L wall outlets are typically used by most Chileans. You'll find power supplies will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the South America and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Chile from another country ensure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Mini is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend on staying at a city like Santiago please refer to the Chile entry on wikipedia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Chile

Can you use the iPad Mini in Chile?

You can use the iPad Mini in Chile.

Chile

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Chile?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Chile to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Chileans use two different types of power outlets (types L and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature 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 different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Chile 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 North America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Chile. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Chile?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Chilean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide on how to charge your iPad Mini with a Chilean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Chilean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded power outlet is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Chilean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Chilean power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini from a Chilean power outlet with a Lightning cable and a Type L USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini from a Chilean power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type L USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the hexagon shaped power supply by the three large adjecent holes in a line. Note that there are two variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Chile entry on wikipedia
  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, priced at C$4-C$5.
  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, costs C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, costing under C$5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.