Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Argentina

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with an Argentinean power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB charger and charging the iPad 4 using a Type I USB charger.

Argentinean power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPad 4 abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the iPad 4 when you are visiting Argentina using the types I or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of Argentineans will normally use Type I plugs in their wall outlets. You'll discover that power supplies differ depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Argentina from a different country please check that the iPad 4 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on travelling to an Argentinean city like Buenos Aires we recommend referring to the Argentina Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Argentina

Can you use the iPad 4 in Argentina?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to an Argentinean power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in Argentina?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 4 and visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Argentina is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Argentines use two different types of wall outlets (types I and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of 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 heads. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for those 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 is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 America going to Argentina 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in Argentina?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Argentinean power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with an Argentinean power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using the Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 4 by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an Argentinean power outlet

How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad 4 from an Argentinean power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with an Argentinean power outlet using a Lightning connector with a three pinned Type I power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 4 from an Argentinean power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type I power outlet [6], can be identified by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Please note that the live and neutral blades are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian plug outlets therefore check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Argentinean power outlet.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad 4 from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Argentina 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, 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 price around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under 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).