Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Argentina

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with an Argentinean power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pin Type I power charger.

Argentinean power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 . These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPad Mini 2 when staying in Argentina.When you are planning a holiday to Argentina this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad Mini 2 by using their standard I or C type Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type I wall outlets are typically used by most Argentines. If you are travelling to Argentina from another region make sure that your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Argentina

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Argentina?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Argentina by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Argentina?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best travel charger for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Argentines use two different types of power outlets (types I and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 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 Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Argentinean trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Argentina we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger 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 countries around the world 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 wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Argentina and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Argentina?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Argentinean power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Argentinean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Argentinean power outlet

How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Argentinean power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 2 using the Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type I power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 thin slots in a triangle pattern with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades. Note that the neutral and live pins are 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 Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  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 Mini 2 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentina page on Wikipedia
  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 between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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 price between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).