How to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in The Philippines

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger, charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type A power charger and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type B power charger

Filipino power outlet

When planning a vacation to The Philippines it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which plug socket to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying complicated region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. If you are planning a vacation to The Philippines this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 using the standard Type C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note that Type C power outlets are normally used by a majority of Filipinos. You'll discover power changes depending on which region you are visiting so please read the Asia page for a complete list of countries. If visiting The Philippines from a different country make sure that the iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in The Philippines

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in The Philippines?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in The Philippines by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in The Philippines?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for The Philippines is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Filipinos use three different types of plug sockets (types C, A and B) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting The Philippines using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 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 The Philippines.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in The Philippines?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally supplied with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug outlet (technically known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades sit. Be aware power cables used with type A plugs which are rated at only 125 volts should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging which typically takes around 60-300 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 4 using a Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is normally included with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This wall outlet, technically known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by two thin slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the long earthed pin. Be aware power cables used with type B plugs which are rated at only 125 volts should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Filipino 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 Mini 4 is recharging which typically takes around 60-300 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from a Filipino power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 using the Filipino power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 1-4.5 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - Filipino country Wikipedia page
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters