How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Latvia

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Latvian power outlet using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger and recharging the iPad using a 2 pinned Type F USB plug.

Latvian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.When you're travelling to Latvia this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPad using their standard types F or C Latvian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover most power sockets change regionally so we suggest that you read the WikiConnections world power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Latvia from a different country make sure that the iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you are planning to visit a Latvian destination like Riga or Daugavpils refer to the Latvian country Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Latvia

Can you use the iPad in Latvia?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Latvia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Latvia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad then the best travel charger for Latvia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Latvians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers on your trip to Latvia. Only packing a single travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia.
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Latvia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Latvian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Latvian power outlet using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad from a Latvian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by 2 holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Latvian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad from a Latvian power outlet

Using the Apple 30 pin cable and a Type F USB adapter to charge the iPad from a Latvian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from the Latvian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad.
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Latvian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad from a Latvian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvia - Latvian country Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  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