How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Brazil

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Brazilian power outlet and recharging the iPad using a Type N power plug.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

If you are packing for a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPad in Brazil. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad when you are staying abroad.When staying in Brazil this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPad using their N or C type 60Hz power outlets, Type N power outlets are used by most Brazilians. If the iPad doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Brazil from another region then check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Brazil

Can you use the iPad in Brazil?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Brazil.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Brazil?

When travelling with more than your iPad then the best international travel power adapter for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of plug sockets that Brazilians use (types N and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Brazil or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

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, 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 useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Brazil 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Brazil.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Brazil?

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

Using an Apple 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger to power your iPad from a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Brazilian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Brazilian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into. Prior to 2010 buildings may be installed with this power outlet.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Brazilian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPad.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type N USB power adapter and plugging it into the Brazilian power outlet. You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power outlet by 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. You will find that since 1st January 2010 all buildings use this power outlet.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil - Wikipedia entry about Brazil
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced at £5-£10.
  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 £3-£4.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeN.htm - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N mains power outlet, around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £15-£20.