How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Bolivia

Instructions on how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Bolivian power outlet by using a Lightning cable with a Type A power charger and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Various region codes 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 stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 abroad.If you are visiting Bolivia these useful instructions show charging your iPad Mini 2 by using the standard Type C or A 115 volt 50Hz power outlets. If your iPad Mini 2 charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Bolivia from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your iPad Mini 2 is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Bolivia

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Bolivia?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Bolivian power outlet.

Bolivia

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Bolivia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Bolivia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Bolivians use two different types of plug sockets (types C and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Bolivia. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter 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 around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Bolivia.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Bolivia?

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

Instructions on how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Bolivian power outlet by using a Lightning cable with a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 2 using a Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Bolivian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (technically called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian 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 completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 2 using a Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Bolivian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [6], is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the charging cable into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian 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 recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bolivia Wikipedia web 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £3 GBP / under C$20).
  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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).