Charging your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Taiwan

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector and a 2 pin Type A USB charger and powering the iPad Mini 2 using a Type B USB adapter.

Taiwanese power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country, especially to the first time traveller. If you're staying in Taiwan this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad Mini 2 using the Type B or A Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Taiwanese. You will discover that power sockets are different depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power supplies for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad Mini 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Taiwan from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to stay in a tourist destination such as Taipei City we also suggest reading the Taiwan entry on wikipedia [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Taiwan

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Taiwanese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Taiwan?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel adapter for Taiwan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Taiwanese use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Taiwanese trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Taiwan using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Taiwan?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector and a 2 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 2 using the Taiwanese power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Taiwanese power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type B power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini 2 using the Taiwanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the Taiwanese power outlet. The wall outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the short live and neutral blades go with a hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up and takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan entry on wikipedia
  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/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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters