How to charge an iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Brazil

A guide on how to power an iPad Air 2 with a Brazilian power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to charge an iPad Air 2 using a three pin Type N USB charger.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

Various region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially for the first time traveller. When going to Brazil this page has instructions showing how to power the iPad Air 2 using their standard types N or C Brazilian 60Hz plug outlets, you will find a majority of Brazilians will typically use Type N sockets in their plug outlets. You will discover power sockets change from country to country therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power sockets guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If your iPad Air 2 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Brazil from a different country please check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) 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 an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Brazil

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Brazil?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Brazil by using a power convertor.

Brazil

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Brazil?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel adapter for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Brazilians use two different types of plug sockets (types N and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Brazil. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Brazil.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 only 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 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Brazil?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Brazilian power outlet

A guide on how to power an iPad Air 2 with a Brazilian power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the Brazilian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air 2.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply is recognised by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral. Prior to 2010 buildings may use this power supply.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 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 C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Brazilian power outlet

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Brazilian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Brazilian power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type N power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air 2 from a Brazilian power outlet you will need a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air 2.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type N USB power adapter in the Brazilian power outlet. You can identify this hexagon shaped plug outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground. You will find that since 2010 buildings will use this power supply.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian 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 around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Brazilian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Brazilian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, between $10 to $15 USD (under £40 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).