How to charge your iPad Air from a power outlet in Guatemala

Instructions on how to power your iPad Air from a Guatemalan power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A USB charger and charging the iPad Air using a Type B power plug.

Guatemalan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPad Air in Guatemala. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air abroad.This guide shows how to power the iPad Air when going to Guatemala by using the standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power supplies and North America page for a complete list of countries. If your iPad Air charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Guatemala from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Guatemala

Can the iPad Air be used in Guatemala?

You can connect the iPad Air to a Guatemalan power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Guatemala is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 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 Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Guatemala.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Guatemala?

Charging the iPad Air from a Guatemalan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to power your iPad Air from a Guatemalan power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air using a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPad Air.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Guatemalan power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by 2 slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from a Guatemalan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Air with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with a Guatemalan power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Type B power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air using a Guatemalan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Guatemalan power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by two thin slots parallel to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Guatemalan 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 iPad is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Guatemala
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$50).
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, estimated cost under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  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 $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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).