Charging the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to Afghanistan

Learn how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with an Afghan power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

Afghan power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent travellers having to worry if they'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 abroad.If visiting Afghanistan these instructions show powering the iPad Mini 4 by using their standard F or C type Afghan 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Afghanistan from another country ensure that your iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Afghanistan

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to an Afghan power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Mini 4 then the best travel charger for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets in Afghanistan (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Afghan trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this online - the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Afghanistan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 Afghanistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Afghanistan?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a two pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 4 with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 from an Afghan power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically included with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking around 1-4.5 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Afghan power outlet

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with an Afghan power outlet using a Lightning connector with a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using the Afghan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the 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 bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Afghan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Wikipedia.org web page about Afghanistan
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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