Charging the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Brazil

A guide on how to charge your iPad 2 from a Brazilian power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger and charging the iPad 2 using a three pin Type N power charger.

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.

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 2 abroad.When you are visiting Brazil the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad 2 by using the Type N or C Brazilian 60Hz power outlets, please note Type N plug outlets are typically used by a majority of Brazilians. If your iPad 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Brazil from another region then check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is dual voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning on travelling to destinations like Rio de Janeiro or Fortaleza we recommend referring to the Brazilian Wikipedia web page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Brazil

Can the iPad 2 be used in Brazil?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Brazilian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Brazil?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Brazilians use two different standards of wall outlets (types N and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters on your trip. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Brazil and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Brazil using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Brazil?

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

A guide on how to charge your iPad 2 from a Brazilian power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad 2 using a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPad 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall supply (called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by two holes adjacent to each other. Prior to 2010 older buildings use this power supply.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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 Brazilian 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 iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad 2 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type N power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 2 using the Brazilian power outlet you'll need a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad 2).
  2. Plug in the Type N USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the hexagon shaped power supply by the 3 large circular holes in a flattened triangle configuration. You will find that since 2010 all buildings will use this power outlet.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Brazilian Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £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, priced at £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, costing £35-£40.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around £10.