Charging the iPad when planning a trip to Bolivia

A page showing how to charge your iPad with a Bolivian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and charging the iPad using a two pinned Type C power adapter.

Bolivian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPad abroad.These step by step instructions shows exactly what you'll need to power your iPad when travelling to Bolivia using the Type C or A Bolivian 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If the iPad charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Bolivia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Bolivia

Can you use the iPad in Bolivia?

You can use the iPad in Bolivia by using a power adaptor.

Bolivia

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Bolivia?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad then the best international travel adapter for Bolivia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bolivians use two different types of power outlets (types C and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads. If your iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPad at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bolivia 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Bolivia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Bolivia. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Bolivia?

Powering the iPad with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad with a Bolivian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad using the Bolivian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter 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. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bolivian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad from a Bolivian power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad using the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable with the iPad).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Bolivian power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as a Type C power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Bolivian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bolivian country wikipedia page
  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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£3-£4 GBP / 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / 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, costing around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).