Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Brazil

A page showing how to charge your iPad 3 from a Brazilian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type C power adapter and charging the iPad 3 using a three pinned Type N power adapter.

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.

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. When you are visiting Brazil this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad 3 using the types N or C 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type N power outlets will be used by a majority of Brazilians. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad 3 does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Brazil from a different country then check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the iPad 3 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Brazil

Can the iPad 3 be used in Brazil?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Brazilian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Brazil?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 3 the best international travel adapter for Brazil is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Brazilians use (N and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Brazil 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Brazil using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Brazil?

Powering the iPad 3 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad 3 with a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 3 using the Brazilian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Brazilian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins. Prior to January 2010 buildings use this power supply.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian 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 which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad 3 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type N power adapter to power the iPad 3 with a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from a Brazilian power outlet you will need to use a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type N USB power adapter in the Brazilian power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth. Please note that since January 2010 new buildings will be installed with this power supply.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Brazilian country page on Wikipedia
  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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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 (£35-£40 GBP / around C$15).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).