How to charge the iPad when staying in Venezuela

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad with a Venezuelan power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger and powering the iPad using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Venezuelan power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPad in Venezuela. This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad when you are travelling to Venezuela by using the standard types B or A Venezuelan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Venezuela from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPad is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Venezuela

Can the iPad be used in Venezuela?

You can connect the iPad to a Venezuelan power outlet by using a power convertor.

Venezuela

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Venezuela?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Venezuela to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Venezuelans use two different types of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Venezuela

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Venezuela using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Venezuela. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Venezuela?

Powering the iPad with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPad from a Venezuelan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Venezuelan power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Venezuelan power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Plug in one end of the power cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type B power charger to power your iPad from a Venezuelan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Venezuelan power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Venezuelan power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots with a hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Venezuela
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£3-£4 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated price around $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-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 (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).