How to charge an iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Argentina

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter and how to power an iPad Air 2 using a three pin Type I USB charger.

Argentinean power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 abroad.If you are travelling to Argentina these instructions show how to power the iPad Air 2 using their standard types I or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Argentinians normally use the Type I plugs in their power outlets. If visiting Argentina from a different country make sure that the iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Argentina

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Argentina?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Argentina.

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What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Argentina?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Argentina is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Argentines use (types I and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Argentina and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Argentina using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Argentina?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the Argentinean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A guide on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Argentinean power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type I power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the Argentinean power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type I USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian plug outlets, check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentina Wikipedia web 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, under $15 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 I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).