Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Argentina

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet by using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter and charging the iPad 3 using a three pinned Type I power adapter.

Argentinean power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge the iPad 3 . These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you're travelling abroad.If planning a holiday to Argentina these instructions show charging the iPad 3 using the types I or C Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type I power outlets will be typically used by most Argentines. When travelling to Argentina from a different country please make sure your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you plan to stay in a tourist destination like Buenos Aires we also suggest reading the Argentina entry on wikipedia [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Argentina

Can the iPad 3 be used in Argentina?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to an Argentinean power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Argentina?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 3 then the best travel charger for Argentina is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Argentinians use two different standards of wall outlets (types I and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This means you can power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad 3 at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Argentina we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, 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 useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Argentina using 3 pinned type B 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 the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Argentina. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Argentina?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet by using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type I power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Start by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three thin slots in a triangle shape with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades. Please note that the live and neutral blades are reversed compared to Chinese and Australian plug outlets therefore please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  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 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad 3 from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentina entry on wikipedia
  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, under £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 I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, around £20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.