Charging the iPad 4 when visiting Venezuela

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet by using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter and how to charge the iPad 4 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Venezuelan power outlet

Varying complicated standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Venezuela these instructions show how to supply power to the iPad 4 by using their standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad 4 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Venezuela from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay in a place like Caracas or Maracaibo please refer to the wikipedia entry about Venezuela [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Venezuela

Can you use the iPad 4 in Venezuela?

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

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad 4 then the best travel charger for Venezuela is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Venezuelans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Venezuela

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Venezuela.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Venezuela. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in Venezuela?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet by using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Venezuelan power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the two adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Venezuelan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to power your iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type B USB power adapter in the Venezuelan power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Venezuelan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Venezuela
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  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, costing under £15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.