Charging the iPad Mini 2 when staying in India

Simple instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 2 with an Indian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type M USB charger, how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a double pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pin Type D USB plug

Indian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide tells you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when going to India using their standard Type D, C or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll find a majority of Indians will use the Type D plugs in their power outlets. When travelling to India from another region make sure that the iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in India

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in India?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to an Indian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel charger for India to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different types of wall outlets in India (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Indian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to India we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for India

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both India and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to India.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers a generous 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in India?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Indian power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini 2 with an Indian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 2 using the Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Indian power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the USB 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. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Indian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type D USB adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 with an Indian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 2 using an Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the Indian power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the USB 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. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Indian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 2 with an Indian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type M USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 from the Indian power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type M power outlet [8], can be identified by the three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one 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. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Indian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - India page on Wikipedia.org
  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/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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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