Charging the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Hong Kong

How to connect a Hong Kong power outlet to the iPad Mini 4

Hong Kong power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 when you're in staying in Hong Kong.This step-by-step guide will show how to charge your iPad Mini 4 when visiting Hong Kong using a standard 220 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, the Hong Kongese will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are visiting Hong Kong from a different region please make sure that your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a place like Kowloon or Victoria read the Hong Kong country entry on wikipedia [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Hong Kong

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Hong Kong?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Hong Kong power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Hong Kong?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Hong Kong is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters for your trip. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world 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 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Hong Kong using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Hong Kong?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Hong Kong power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Hong Kong power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 4 using the Hong Kong power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Hong Kong power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by three holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger 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 Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 300 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong country entry on wikipedia
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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