How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Bolivia

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from a Bolivian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to charge the iPad Mini 4 using a Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 when Bolivia.When you're going to travel to Bolivia these useful instructions show powering your iPad Mini 4 using their C or A type 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Mini 4 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Bolivia from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the iPad Mini 4 is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Bolivia

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Bolivia?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Bolivian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Bolivia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Bolivia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Bolivia (types C and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this means you can charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable 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 both Bolivia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Bolivia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Bolivia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Bolivian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from a Bolivian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using a Bolivian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Bolivian power outlet. The power supply (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB power cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4.5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Bolivian power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Bolivian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 with a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using the Bolivian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Bolivian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other where the two pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4.5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Bolivian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Bolivia country entry on wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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 $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  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 between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).