Charging the iPad Mini in Bolivia

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini from a Bolivian power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable and a double pinned Type A power charger and charging the iPad Mini using a double pin Europlug Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad Mini . These guidelines have been written to help prepare travellers wanting to power the iPad Mini abroad.If you're visiting Bolivia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to supply power to your iPad Mini by using their Type C or A Bolivian 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Mini doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Bolivia from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) 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 Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Bolivia

Can you use the iPad Mini in Bolivia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Bolivian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Bolivia

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Bolivia?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Bolivia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Bolivians use two different standards of plug sockets (types C and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on a plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Bolivia we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bolivia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Bolivia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Bolivia?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini from the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Mini.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Bolivian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet blades sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB power cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPad Mini from a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini from the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Mini.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Bolivian power outlet. This plug outlet is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bolivian Wikipedia web 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, £2-£3.
  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, priced £15-£20.
  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, costs under £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.