How to charge the iPad Air when staying in Venezuela

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Air with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger and powering the iPad Air using a Type B power plug.

Venezuelan power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPad Air in Venezuela. This page has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPad Air when abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when you are travelling to Venezuela by using the standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Air does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Venezuela from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPad Air is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on visiting a city such as Caracas or Maracaibo refer to the Venezuelan page on wikipedia.org [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Venezuela

Can the iPad Air be used in Venezuela?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Venezuela.

Venezuela

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

When travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Venezuela is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Venezuela (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure 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 included heads over. If your model of iPad Air can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Venezuela. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Venezuela and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor 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 Venezuela using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This 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 Air in Venezuela?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to recharge your iPad Air from a Venezuelan power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Air from a Venezuelan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Venezuelan power outlet. This unearthed power supply (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  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 iPad is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPad Air from a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air using a Venezuelan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This wall supply (called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots parallel to each other where the twin plug outlet blades slide into with a hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Venezuelan page on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost around $10 USD (£3-£4 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 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).