Charging the iPad 2 when staying in Argentina

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad 2 with an Argentinean power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad 2 using a three pin Type I power plug.

Argentinean power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any indispensable devices like mobiles and cameras that you'll be bringing with you. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Argentina you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival that might not be compatible. Differing frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad 2 . If travelling to Argentina the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad 2 by using the I or C type Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type I plug outlets will be used by most Argentines. If visiting Argentina from a different country please ensure your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning to stay in an Argentinean place such as Buenos Aires refer to the Argentinean Wikipedia web page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Argentina

Can the iPad 2 be used in Argentina?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Argentina.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Argentina?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel adapter for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets in Argentina (I and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Argentina using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 Argentina. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Argentina?

Charging the iPad 2 from an Argentinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPad 2 with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 2 from an Argentinean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you purchase your iPad 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from an Argentinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad 2 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 with an Argentinean power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a Type I USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 2 from an Argentinean power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three thin slots in a triangular configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades. Please note that the neutral and live pins are reversed compared to Australian and Chinese power outlets so check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentinean 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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5).
  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 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).