How to charge the iPad 2 in Latvia

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Latvian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C power adapter and how to power the iPad 2 using a two pinned Type F power charger.

Latvian power outlet

Different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to prepare visitors wanting to power the iPad 2 abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad 2 when staying in Latvia using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Latvia from a different region make sure the iPad 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when charging it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a destination like Riga or Daugavpils read the Latvia page on wikipedia [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Latvia

Can the iPad 2 be used in Latvia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Latvia.

Latvia

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Latvia?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Letts use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers on your Latvian trip 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 2 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 smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Latvia?

Charging the iPad 2 from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad 2 with a Latvian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 from the Latvian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable when you buy the iPad 2.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Latvian 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 2 is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type F USB charger to recharge the iPad 2 from a Latvian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 from a Latvian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is usually included with the iPad 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the Latvian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is recharging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Latvia page 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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 between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / 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, costs under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).