How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Ecuador

A page on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Ecuadorian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A power charger and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a three pin Type B USB adapter.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when you're in going to Ecuador.This page contains a useful guide telling you exactly how to charge your iPad Air 2 when you're travelling to Ecuador by using the B or A type 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad Air 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Ecuador from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Ecuador

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Ecuador?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Ecuador by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Ecuador?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel power adapter for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Ecuadorians use (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ecuador 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

A page on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with an Ecuadorian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Ecuadorian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide on how to power an iPad Air 2 with an Ecuadorian power outlet with an Apple Lightning connector and a three pinned Type B USB charger.

  1. To supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Ecuadorian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by the two slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ecuador entry on wikipedia.org
  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, costing £10-£15.
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  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, costs around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under £15.