Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Brazil

A page showing how to charge your iPad 4 with a Brazilian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging the iPad 4 using a Type N USB 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.

When packing for a trip to Brazil it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad 4. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad 4 . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 when you're visiting abroad.The following simple instructions shows you how to charge the iPad 4 when you are visiting Brazil using the Type N or C 60Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Brazilians typically use Type N plugs in their wall outlets. If your iPad 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Brazil from a different country then check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. 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 4 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Brazil

Can you use the iPad 4 in Brazil?

You can use the iPad 4 in Brazil by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in Brazil?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 4 then the best travel charger for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Brazilians use two different types of power outlets (types N and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Brazil we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous 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 around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Brazil and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Brazil using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in Brazil?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad 4 with a Brazilian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included 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 power supply by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins slide into. Prior to 2010 older buildings may be installed with this power outlet.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Brazilian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type N USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 4 from a Brazilian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type N USB power adapter into the Brazilian power outlet. You can recognise this flattened hexagon shaped plug supply by the three round holes in a flattened triangle pattern. You will find that since January 2010 new buildings will use this power outlet.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil - Brazil Wikipedia page
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costs £5-£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, under £5.
  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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around £15.