Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in UK

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a UK power outlet.

UK power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop visitors worrying if they'll be able to power their iPad Mini 4 when they're staying in The United Kingdom.This page has instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 4 when you're visiting The United Kingdom using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the British using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Power sockets are different from country to country therefore we suggest reading the power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting The United Kingdom from another country please check the iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in UK

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in UK?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a UK power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in The United Kingdom?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 the best international travel charger for The United Kingdom is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for UK

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both UK and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from North America going to UK.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 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 most travellers from around the world visiting UK.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a UK power outlet

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a UK power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 4 using the UK power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the UK power outlet. This power outlet (called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the UK power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 300 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a UK power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - UK country entry on wikipedia
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters