Charging an iPad Air 2 when visiting Latvia

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Latvian power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter and how to recharge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

Latvian power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the iPad Air 2 when they're going to Latvia.The following simple guide shows exactly how to charge your iPad Air 2 when you are in Latvia by using their types F or C Latvian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Latvia from another country check your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Latvia

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Latvia?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Latvian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Latvia?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad Air 2 the best international travel charger for Latvia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Letts use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Latvia 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Latvia.
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Latvia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Latvian power outlet

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Latvian power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from a Latvian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Latvian power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing you how to power your iPad Air 2 with a Latvian power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector with a Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Latvian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Latvian power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large holes 19 mm apart from each other and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvia - Latvia country Wiki 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
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters