How to charge the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Nicaragua

A guide on how to power the iPad 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pin Type A USB charger and how to recharge the iPad 2 using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This page has step by step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 2 when staying in Nicaragua by using the B or A type Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. You'll discover that most power sources are different regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of regions. If your iPad 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Nicaragua from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your iPad 2 is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 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 Nicaragua

Can you use the iPad 2 in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Nicaraguan power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad 2 and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Nicaragua.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Nicaragua?

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

Using a 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPad 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is normally included with the iPad 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the mains USB charger 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 2 using a Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad 2.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Nicaragua
  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, costs £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, costs £5-£10.
  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, £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.