How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when staying in Iran

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with an Iranian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F USB charger.

Iranian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. If you are travelling to Iran the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini 2 using their Type F or C Iranian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Iran from a different country check your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning on travelling to a city such as Tehran or Mashhad we suggest referring to the Iranian page on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Iran

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Iran?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to an Iranian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Iran to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Iranians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using just a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Iran

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Iran and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Iran.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Iran.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Iran?

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

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with an Iranian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Iranian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply the USB cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Iranian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an Iranian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with an Iranian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using an Iranian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with the iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Iranian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran - Iranian 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/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