Charging the iPad 3 from a power outlet in Latvia

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Latvian power outlet and powering the iPad 3 using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

Latvian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad 3 in Latvia. This page contains step-by-step instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPad 3 in Latvia using the standard F or C type Latvian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Latvia from a different region please check the iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you are planning on staying at a Latvian city like Riga or Daugavpils we suggest reading the Latvian Wikipedia web page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Latvia

Can the iPad 3 be used in Latvia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Latvian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

Latvia

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Latvia?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 3 or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Letts use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Latvian trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Latvia.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Latvia. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Latvia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Latvian power outlet

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 using the Latvian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad 3).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the power supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then 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 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Latvian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Latvian power outlet

A page showing how to recharge the iPad 3 from a Latvian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 3 from a Latvian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy your iPad 3).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Latvian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two large round holes 19 mm next to each other along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Latvian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Latvian 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, estimated price £5-£10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated price £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.