How to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Vietnam

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with a Vietnamese power outlet, charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type G USB adapter and recharging the iPad Mini 4 using a double pin Type A USB adapter

Vietnamese power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 abroad.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the iPad Mini 4 when you are visiting Vietnam by using the G, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Vietnamese will typically use the Type G sockets in their power outlets. You'll discover most power supplies will change depending on which area you taking a trip to therefore we recommend reading our Wiki Connections world power supplies list where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If you are visiting Vietnam from a different country please ensure that the iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Vietnam

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Vietnam?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in Vietnam by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Vietnam?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Vietnam is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Vietnamese use three different standards of wall outlets (G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties 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 Vietnam 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Vietnam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US 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 Vietnam.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Vietnam?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 4 using a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three slots with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging which takes around one-five and a half hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Vietnamese 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 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from the Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the Vietnamese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Vietnamese 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 your iPad Mini 4 from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from the Vietnamese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Vietnamese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 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 country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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. 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