How to charge the iPad 3 when staying in Bolivia

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to recharge your iPad 3 from a Bolivian power outlet and how to recharge the iPad 3 using a Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPad 3 in Bolivia. This page has been written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPad 3 when going to Bolivia.When you're visiting Bolivia the following instructions show charging your iPad 3 using their C or A type 115 volt 50Hz power outlets. If the iPad 3 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Bolivia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPad 3 is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Bolivia

Can the iPad 3 be used in Bolivia?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a Bolivian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Bolivia?

If travelling with more than your iPad 3 then the best international travel power adapter for Bolivia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Bolivia (types C and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad 3 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Bolivia using 3 pinned 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Bolivia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bolivian power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger to recharge your iPad 3 from a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 3 using a Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad 3.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Bolivian power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 adjacent slots where the blades slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Bolivian power outlet

Powering the iPad 3 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPad 3 from a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 3 from the Bolivian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad 3).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad 3 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bolivian Wikipedia 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, costs 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, costs £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, £5-£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.