How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Switzerland

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Swiss power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a three pinned Type J USB adapter.

Swiss power outlet

If organizing to travel to Switzerland it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge any vital gadgets when you get there. By not knowing which plug socket is used in Switzerland you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you needing to borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Mini 2 in Switzerland. If you're visiting Switzerland this page contains instructions showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 using their Type J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note that Type J wall outlets will be normally used by most Swiss. When visiting Switzerland from another country please ensure that the iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Switzerland

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Switzerland?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Switzerland?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel charger for Switzerland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Swiss use two different types of plug sockets (J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come 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 switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Switzerland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Switzerland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Switzerland?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Swiss power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 2 using a Swiss power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the USB cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This wall supply can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Swiss power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type J USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using a Swiss power outlet you'll need to use a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power supply by 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power 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 Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Swiss power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland Wikipedia 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/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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J 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