Charging the iPad Air when visiting Uruguay

A page showing how to recharge your iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger, powering the iPad Air using a Type F Schuko power charger and powering the iPad Air using a three pin Type L power adapter

Uruguayan power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the iPad Air . When you are travelling to Uruguay these instructions show powering the iPad Air by using their standard Type F, C, I or L 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Uruguayans will normally use the Type F power outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Uruguay from another region ensure that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on staying in a city such as Montevideo or Artigas please refer to the Uruguayan Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Uruguay

Can you use the iPad Air in Uruguay?

You can use the iPad Air in Uruguay by using a power adaptor.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air the best international travel charger for Uruguay to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of power outlets that Uruguayans use (F, C, I and L) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied 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 Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Uruguayan trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power 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 using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Uruguay we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Uruguay 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Uruguay using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Uruguay. [10]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Uruguay?

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

A page showing how to recharge your iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Uruguayan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Uruguayan 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 recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet

Powering the iPad Air with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Schuko Type F USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Air using the Uruguayan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify this power supply by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging the iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type L power charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type L USB power adapter into the Uruguayan power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped power outlet by the three round holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth. There are two different variations of Type L power outlet rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into 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. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Uruguayan 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, costing 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (under £30 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 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).