How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Guatemala

Using a 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A power charger to charge the iPad with a Guatemalan power outlet and how to charge the iPad using a three pinned Type B USB charger.

Guatemalan power outlet

Different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad when you're in Guatemala.These instructions will show you exactly how to charge your iPad when you're travelling to Guatemala by using the B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Guatemala from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. 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 Guatemala

Can the iPad be used in Guatemala?

You can use the iPad in Guatemala by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Guatemala?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Guatemala is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Guatemalans use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to Guatemala. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Guatemala and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Guatemala.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Guatemala?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A power charger to charge the iPad with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable with your iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in 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 base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge your iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet using a 30 pin cable and a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the cable with your iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guatemala entry on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$60).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costing between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / 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, costs under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).