How to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Thailand

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Thai power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type A USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a three pinned Type B USB plug and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a 2 pinned Type C power charger

Thai power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power their iPad Mini 2 when they're going to Thailand.When staying in Thailand these useful instructions show powering your iPad Mini 2 by using the standard B, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type B wall outlets will be used by most Thai. If travelling to Thailand from another country check your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Thailand

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Thailand?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Thailand by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Thailand?

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

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Thai trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage 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 tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Thailand

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Thailand 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Thailand using 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Thailand.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Thailand?

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

Using a Lightning cable with a Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Thai power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the Thai power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Thai power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Thai power outlet with a Lightning cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Thai power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as the Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two thin slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  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 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Thai power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Thai power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the Thai power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [8] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Thai power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand - Thailand Wikipedia web page
  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. 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