Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Latvia

Instructions showing you how to recharge the iPad 4 with a Latvian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and recharging the iPad 4 using a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

Latvian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been specifically written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPad 4 when staying in Latvia.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad 4 when you're visiting Latvia using the Type F or C Latvian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to so we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Latvia from another region ensure that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Latvia

Can the iPad 4 be used in Latvia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Latvian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Latvia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 the best international travel adapter for Latvia is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets that Latvians use (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Latvian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose 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 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 wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Latvia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Latvia?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to power the iPad 4 with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from the Latvian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad 4.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 round holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Latvian power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to power the iPad 4 from a Latvian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Latvian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable when you buy your iPad 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Latvian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins sit along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Latvian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvia Wiki 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 £5-£10.
  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, £10-£15.
  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, priced at around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.