Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Wales

How to connect a Welsh power outlet to the iPad Mini

Welsh power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad Mini . If visiting Wales this page has instructions showing you powering the iPad Mini by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Welsh plug outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When travelling to Wales from a different country please check the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you're planning on travelling to a Welsh city like Cardiff we recommend reading the Welsh Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Wales

Can you use the iPad Mini in Wales?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Welsh power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Wales?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Wales is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Welsh trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Wales 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 America going to Wales.
  • 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Wales?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini from the Welsh power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 vertical holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Welsh 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 Mini is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Welsh 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/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