Charging the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Guatemala

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with a Guatemalan power outlet and recharging the iPad 2 using a Type B USB plug.

Guatemalan power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPad 2 . These instructions have been written to help assist people wanting to power their iPad 2 when staying abroad.When you are visiting Guatemala these instructions show how to supply power to the iPad 2 by using their standard B or A type Guatemalan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Guatemala from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad 2 is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Guatemala

Can you use the iPad 2 in Guatemala?

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

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

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad 2 then the best travel charger for Guatemala is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. 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 type of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. 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 with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Guatemala using 3 pin 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 from the US using type B plugs. This 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 a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Guatemala?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Guatemalan power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad 2 from a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPad 2.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Guatemalan power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the USB 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 Guatemalan 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 is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Guatemalan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Guatemalan power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type B USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 using a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Guatemalan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guatemala Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, estimated cost £15-£20.
  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 B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, 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, £10-£15.