How to charge the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Bolivia

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter and charging the iPad 2 using a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. When you're going to travel to Bolivia these useful instructions show powering your iPad 2 using their Type C or A Bolivian 115 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If the iPad 2 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Bolivia from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Bolivia

Can you use the iPad 2 in Bolivia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Bolivia.

Bolivia

What is the best power charger for the iPad 2 in Bolivia?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Bolivia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Bolivians use two different standards of wall outlets (C and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Bolivia using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 2 in Bolivia?

Powering the iPad 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPad 2 from a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 2 using a Bolivian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPad 2).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the Bolivian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPad 2 from a Bolivian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad 2 with a Bolivian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 2 from the Bolivian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad 2.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Bolivian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Bolivian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bolivia country page on wikipedia.org
  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, priced under £3.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under £10.
  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.