How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when visiting Vietnam

Simple instructions showing you how to power your iPad Mini 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger, charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type A USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a double pin Type C Europlug power plug

Vietnamese power outlet

If you are planning to travel it can be helpful to know if you can charge all your common electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing with you. However, by not knowing which power socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Differing frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini 2 in Vietnam. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you are visiting Vietnam.This page contains simple instructions showing what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you're in Vietnam using their standard types G, A or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Vietnamese will normally use Type G plug outlets. Most power sockets will change regionally therefore please read our Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. When you are visiting Vietnam from another country please check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on staying somewhere like Ho Chi Minh City or Nha Trang please read the Vietnam Wikipedia web page [1] for further details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Vietnam

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Vietnam?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Vietnam.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Vietnam?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best travel adapter for Vietnam to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in Vietnam (types G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Vietnam we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. 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 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Vietnam 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Vietnam?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to power your iPad Mini 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 2).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging which takes around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPad Mini 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by two thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades sit.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [8] or Europlug) is identified by 2 holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cord into the USB adapter 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam 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/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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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