Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to Bolivia

A page showing how to charge your iPad Air with a Bolivian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger and powering the iPad Air using a Europlug Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page contains instructions telling you how to supply power to the iPad Air when you're travelling to Bolivia using the types C or A 115 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If your iPad Air slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Bolivia from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad Air is dual voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Bolivia

Can you use the iPad Air in Bolivia?

You can use the iPad Air in Bolivia by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Bolivia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Bolivia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Bolivians use (C and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Bolivian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Air at the airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for those 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 when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Bolivia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality 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 a more 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 Bolivia.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Bolivia?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Bolivian power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air using the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Bolivian 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 Air is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Bolivian power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Bolivian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Air from a Bolivian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Bolivian 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 Air is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Bolivian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia - Wikipedia entry about Bolivia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, costing around £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, £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced under £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around £15.