Charging the iPad 3 when staying in Ecuador

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type A USB charger to recharge the iPad 3 with an Ecuadorian power outlet and powering the iPad 3 using a Type B USB charger.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPad 3 abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad 3 when staying in Ecuador using their standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPad 3 does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Ecuador from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPad 3 is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Ecuador

Can you use the iPad 3 in Ecuador?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to an Ecuadorian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Ecuador?

When travelling with more than your iPad 3 the best travel power adapter for Ecuador is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Ecuadorians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad 3 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Ecuador using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 Ecuador. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter to power the iPad 3 with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from the Ecuadorian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Charging the iPad 3 from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad 3 with an Ecuadorian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable and a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 from the Ecuadorian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Ecuadorian power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots next to each other where the short two blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Ecuador
  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, 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, costs 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, 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, estimated price under C$20.