Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Uruguay

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPad from a Uruguayan power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter, how to charge the iPad using a Type F USB plug and how to charge the iPad using a 3 pin Type L USB plug

Uruguayan power outlet

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPad when staying in Uruguay.When you're travelling to Uruguay the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad by using their standard Type F, C, I or L 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Uruguayans will use Type F plugs in their wall outlets. You will find power supplies are different depending on which region you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and South America page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Uruguay from another country ensure the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. 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 Uruguay

Can you use the iPad in Uruguay?

You can use the iPad in Uruguay.

Uruguay

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Uruguay?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad the best international travel adapter for Uruguay is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Uruguayans use four different types of power outlets (types F, C, I and L) 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 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters come 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 Uruguay 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Uruguay. [10]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Uruguay?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad using the Uruguayan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet is identified by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. 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. Turn on the Uruguayan 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 iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type F power adapter to power your iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad using the Uruguayan power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply, also known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into along with two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger 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. Turn on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type L power adapter to power the iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad using the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is usually supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. This flattened hexagon shaped plug supply, sometimes known as a Type L power outlet [8], can be identified by 3 large circular holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground pins. You'll find there are two different variations of Type L power outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp power outlet has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger 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. Turn on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Uruguay Wikipedia page
  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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  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 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, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, around C$15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.