Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Chile

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power your iPad Air with a Chilean power outlet and recharging the iPad Air using a Type L USB adapter.

Chilean power outlet

If packing for a trip to Chile it can often be useful to know if you can power all your devices such as mobiles and laptop computers when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Chile you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might be incompatible. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This useful guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPad Air when you are visiting Chile by using their standard L or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Chileans will use Type L plugs in their wall outlets. When travelling to Chile from a different country please make sure your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Chile

Can the iPad Air be used in Chile?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Chilean power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Chile?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Chile to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Chile (L and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad Air supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or using up additional power sockets. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Chile and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Chile.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 Chile. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Chile?

Charging the iPad Air from a Chilean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power your iPad Air with a Chilean power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using the Chilean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Chilean power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Chilean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Chilean power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type L power adapter to power the iPad Air with a Chilean power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air from the Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Air).
  2. Start by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the Chilean power outlet. You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three circular adjecent holes in a line. Note that there are two variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Chilean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Chile
  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, costing around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (under £30 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).