How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Argentina

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad from an Argentinean power outlet and how to charge the iPad using a Type I power adapter.

Argentinean power outlet

Differing region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPad when abroad.If you are visiting Argentina this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPad using their I or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note that Type I plug outlets are used by most Argentinians. Most power sources will change regionally so we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide for a full list showing regions. When you are visiting Argentina from a different country double check your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Argentina

Can you use the iPad in Argentina?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Argentina by using the correct power adaptor.

Argentina

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Argentina?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Argentinians use (types I and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 going to Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Argentina?

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad using an Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type I USB adapter to charge the iPad with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using an Argentinean power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPad.
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground. Be aware that the live and neutral pins are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian plug outlets, check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentina Wikipedia web 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, priced at under 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 I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, around C$15.
  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.