How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Hong Kong

Using a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet.

Hong Kong power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Hong Kong it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your essential electronics like mobile phones and cameras when you're there. But without knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPad Mini 2 abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 in Hong Kong by using a 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong wall outlet, the Hong Kongese will use a 13 amp plug for charging. If visiting Hong Kong from a different country ensure the iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Hong Kong

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Hong Kong power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Hong Kong?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. 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 heads. If your type of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Hong Kong trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. 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 phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Hong Kong 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 America visiting Hong Kong.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Hong Kong?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Hong Kong power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the Hong Kong power outlet. This wall outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by 3 rectangular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - wikipedia page about Hong Kong
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters